Parameshwaree Munisamy-Odoye (Towards Visibility)

Parameshwaree Munisamy-Odoye
LIKE A QUEEN

 

Sometimes not knowing how to swim

Sometimes the depth of the sea wins

Sometimes the thirst of swimming through the hymns

Sometimes the urge to breathe through each word like a Queen.

 

Heartbeats beat, beat bit by bit

Breaths get hot as I exhale, heat

Emotions twist and kiss

The poetry-lover that feels healed and kiss

Embrace and feel my poetry

 

Swirling words gives aeration

To flow of narration, gaps of hesitation and mixed emotion

Delicately arranging words can cunningly yet subtly

Clean the mind of undesirable feeling

Like wine clean the palate, generally

Implies good poetry and I love this feeling.

 

Sometimes not knowing how to swim

Sometimes the depth of the sea wins

Sometimes the thirst of swimming through the hymns

Sometimes the urge to breathe through each word like a Queen.

 

HOLI

 

For a moment, time froze.

I sniffed to inhale and tried to sooth my runny nose.

To process the excitement that gave me an ecstatic dose!

Bunty, Bilal, Bhavia and Bose

Were expecting me on the coloured floors

Ignoring my illness, uneasiness and flaws.

 

Festivities in my community

Knew no barriers, no racism and no disparity

My friends and I attended the same university

We belonged to different religion and ethnicity

Yet we all celebrated Holi as we celebrated Equality

Despite my physical disability.

 

Yet they waited and wanted to play

To transform moroseness, dull and grey

To colourful, sprightly, and gay

The worth-to-live vivacious day!

So I hushed up my doubts and complex to make my way

Through the doorway, Holi made my day.

 

Parameshwaree Munisamy-Odoye is 32 years old. She considers herself blessed to be born and raised up in Mauritius. She is an Early Childhood Education Tutor. Married to a wonderful man and mother to a precious boy, she is also a volunteer in the society. Parameshwaree is one of the various Mauritian poets who share a precious bonding with the poetry and the world of arts. Through her poetry, she wishes to encourage women to express themselves even more freely given our Right to Freedom of Expression. Some years ago, she started doing live poetry and slam performances around the island with a group of poets who were initially mere strangers but are today a family with whom she shares her passion for writing. Parameshwaree has co-authored two anthologies: International Anthology of Love Poems (2023) and Mauritius Caught in a Dream. She believes in working to make dreams happen.


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