Snigdha Agrawal (Women and Spring)

Snigdha Agrawal
Spring short-lived

feelings stapled
         deep inside
           in the steel grey cabinet
            kept in the basement

sacred pages of her life 
      once coloured with shades of Gulal*
         bright red, bottle green, orange
            memories of unguarded moments
               outpouring of emotions
                   play acting scenes
                     of Radha Krishna
                       in Brindavan

One spring, the earth rumbled, and tectonic plates of friendship shifted. 

 *Coloured powder used during the festival of Holi                 


The colours of spring
overtakes the paleness of age
loose hair from the chignon 
coiled at the nape of her neck
Palms start to sweat
in anticipation
of the warm touch
will they come visit
the wee ones with their water pistons
“Dadi…no excuses” 
colouring her face
only day in the year
she feels awakened

Lover’s tryst

That full moon night
of spring 
when the day had folded its wings
meaningless revelry had ceased
birds had flown back to their nests
children were asleep
air suffused with the smell of Jasmine
you crept up behind me 
and whispered “Happy Holi”
tucking behind my ear
a bright red hibiscus
powdering my face with yellow pollen
I knew our togetherness
was for keeps
witnessed by the elements

Magical Spring!

Bio: Snigdha Agrawal (nee Banerjee) is Bengali born, raised and educated in a cosmopolitan environment, with exposure to the Eastern and Western cultures, imbibing the best of both worlds.  With more than two decades of working in the corporate sector, her outlook on life is balanced, as reflected in her writings. A versatile writer, she writes all genres of poetry, prose, short stories, travelogues, and hotel/restaurant reviews.  A septuagenarian, her passion for writing and travelling continues unabated.  Her learning graph grows and adapts to the contemporary.

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