Vermilion

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*Painting is by Sobha Singh*
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A
Vermilion
bundle
of cowering hope
towering trepidation
a laden bride in red
alighting from
an ornate palanquin
loved, adored child
As a promising bud
Promised to strangers
alliance arranged
cut from roots
to root elsewhere
enhance another life~
those were the days ~
sweet, tart
mixed,
resigned
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