Poetry, Art: Meenakshi Mohan

Mollusk of a Shattered Shell


She met him in college --

handsome, smart.

She liked him.

He wooed her --

Gifts, bouquets, coffee dates,

then expensive dinners -- allured her.

She was falling for him.

Then came promises and more promises

for a life together.

Talks of introducing her to his parents --

then excuses to do so at a proper time.

Meenakshi Mohan

He convinced her to elope, get married

and she conceded.

A Kazi married them, two of his friends as witnesses.

Tangled in the web of his secrets and lies

she realized too late -- he was a charlatan --

all was fake – the marriage, the Kazim, the witnesses.

One day, he disappeared –

abandoned her and his child.

What would I tell you, my child?

You are a mollusk of a shattered shell.

Don’t let his deceit rob you of luster.

Don’t let the folly of your mother steal your sheen.

Grow and be a pearl with your shimmering iridescence.

All I can give are my prayers.

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