Setting Free

*painting is by Vemeer
Unexpected display of feelings
Shook veneers, eggshells cracking
In pleasant surprise’s rarity thereof ~

Mushy heart finally caved
Joined hands with reason
To release memories embalmed

Carefully unearthed treasures
Squirreled away from prying eyes
Pried open one jewel at a time

Hidden in leaves of often thumbed
Book were silken mementos tucked
Highlighting emotions of every ilk

Perched between parchment sheets
A parched white lily, head askew
Reminder of a “Judas’ friend’s adieu

From red velvet swaddled “Gita” page*
I extracted a sprig of the holy basil
Loving reminder of Mom’s serene visage

Sidled this one too with the lily
Side by side on table mahogany
Building a pile of boxed feelings

Next pulled out an Oxford dictionary
Ensconced in leaves was a note twenty
Reminder of departed dad’s love aplenty

Next came tattered “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”
Boot leg copy read often, cover to cover and
Removed red rose bud given by first admirer

From my favorite author Somerset Maugham
Extracted birthday card from childhood friend
One of trio- party to scrapes big and small

The well visited Indian cook book
Gave up a scrawled recipe from sis
A dish known by rote, often cooked

A travel book released an old photograph
Of dozen red roses from first anniversary
Jokingly taken to commemorate matrimony

One tiny chest sat hidden in furthermost corner
Personal Pandora box of life’s scarring wounds
This I consigned to healing fire sight unseen

Out of many beloved books and texts
Emerged pictures of my beloved “Krishna”
Along with pictures of my baby and me

All these I lovingly bundled in separate pile
For new hoarding in jewelry box, as letting go
Is very hard, even though they live in my heart

The other bundle I released in the fireplace
Its embers flying as many colorful butterflies
For, there is time to remember, a time to erase

**Bhagavad Gita – The Song of God, often referred as simply the Gita,
is a 700-verse scripture that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
This scripture contains a conversation between Pandava prince Arjuna
and his guide Lord Krishna on a variety of theological and philosophical issue-source wiki

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