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Cloud Nine

(picture is from internet)

Dom and Louisa were inseparable. Coming from diverse backgrounds this miracle occurred with head bumps.friendship sprouted. Both were good in their studies and in a healthy spirit of rivalry, their relationship flourished. The only cloud in their lives was the green eyed monster. Both were wildly popular and had many friends of both sexes. This made each one jealous of the other’s close friends. Being of volatile Latin blood, their anger did not take long to boil over. They would not talk to each other for days. Then they would kiss and make up.

In an experiment undertaken by the city’s Education dept, economically weak kids were bused to affluent neighborhoods. Louisa was one such kid and Dom came from an aristocratic background. She was made to sit with Dom. They were both eight years old.

Their relationship began with a bang on their heads and dislike. But gradually they became aware of each other and when Dom rescued Louisa from being mercilessly teased by a bunch of boys, their

When this liking turned to love was hard to pinpoint. Both families were unhappy about this alliance but seeing their determination, they gave in grudgingly.

It is wedding rehearsal day. Elders from both families wil be meeting for first time. Only the parents had met before. Then a miracle happened. When everyone gathered, Louisa’s grandmother stared at an elderly gentleman across the table. It was Dominic’s great uncle David Vargas. Then she asked “Are your parents Louisa and David Souza?’ Seeing the uncle’s nod, she squealed delightfully tears streaming down her cheeks. David realizes he was staring at his long lost sister Louisa. Louisa had runaway from home at the age of seventeen because her family was forcing her to join the convent. She had no desire to become a bride of Christ. So she ran away to America. Luckily on the boat she met a fellow Spaniard and together they found a place to stay and later got married. Now there were no qualms as far as this alliance was concerned. In fact everyone said Louisa was lucky for them. She was the spitting image of her grandma. It became a family affair. Everyone beamed.

The bride and groom said their vows and kissed. The cake was cut. Suddenly, Dominic pulls out a knife from his pocket! Everyone is shocked and stare at him. Louisa’s mouth opens and eyes quizz. Dominic calls out to his best man to bring out the surprise. The best man lays down two green dolls on the table. With great fanfare a boy and girl doll in green color were produced. With a flourish, Dom presents the knife to Louisa and asks her to stab the girl doll to put an end to all their petty jealousies. He does likewise. There is a burst of applause. He starts their marriage without a single dark cloud.

Now they are truly gliding on cloud nine.


(picture by suja sukumaran)



Of history’s





cupid for some

enemy for another

bridge for one

chasm of another 


Musical notes

Bell’s tolls

mom’s cajoles

dad’s scolds


aroma of feasts

bobbing heads

smell of fear

ashen cowardice 


holy chants

escaping incense

runaway senses



passages of time

traversed eternally

ever spanning

countless lifetimes








Frozen Music

fissured earth’s frail green flag


chopped stump’s octopus limbs


war ravaged bodies, a heart beating


browbeating dominance, spirit unwilling


a lark in my garden singing


nature’s breathtaking vista, returning breath


truth is that virus, no gun can kill


beholding nature’s handiwork, frozen music  


picture from internet

Morning Pick Me Up


Beckoning warmed cup
Quality tea leaves
Saucer with dash of
Cinnamon, cardamom, clove
Boiling water on spiced leaves
Drip drip drip slowwww
Aroma rising
In tandem
Sip sip sip
Slip slip slip
lifts lifts lifts
I do not hate

picture from internet-disclaimer

Thought Spill – 2

Father time
Mother Nature
Walk in tandem
And then not
Womanly is she
Rags changing
Green to white
Browns to orange
Mood imbued
Their offspring
Rooted or not
Traipse often
Emerging thru’
Revolving door
Allied to
Father time
Mother Nature

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