Note: My entry for the Earth Day anthology published by Poetry Paradigm, titled ‘Poetry4OurPlanet – an anthology of 108 heart-warming, and poignant poems on the blue planet, our own Mother Earth. I have written the poem in the loving memory of a street girl in Kolkata, India. The anthology is now out in Scribd.com and available in 43 countries.
You have seen my absurd chuckles
My coos and gurgles as I revolved
In your orbit, sunk in my mother’s emaciated breasts.
Did you revolve with me, Mother Earth,
While the starlight gazed at flowery, full-endowed children?
While the full moon welcomed them with the whiffs of her spices?
Did your night sky melt when, at three,
My nimble fingers devoured by my parched mouth
Craved to count your bountiful stars,
My hungry body, resting in the littered city streets?
When I dreamt about floating in your placid shrine,
My eyes opened up to dry patches of dirt?
At seven or eight, I have peeked through the plastered walls
Of schools where the blue globe, staring at me like the harvest moon
Summoned me, the kohl-lined eyes of the teacher tracing its curves,
I never knew the Equator; the Mediterranean never ebbed and flowed
In my scarred, burnt out days. But even I knew how
The last drops of monsoon smelt,
its juices ricocheting off my pockmarked face.
I am the earthen salt of the grimy, molten streets they trample every day.
At sixteen, even my frothy foam shimmers, dances in zigzag sunlight.
At the call of twilight, when mud and filth pops out of your blades of grass,
I paint you, Mother Earth; craft you with the folds of my stained palms.
The cosmos around, a commotion of rebuffing times.
Are you rattling, Mother earth, staring at me, tossed aside
As I clutch at your slithered pieces? Do you, for once,
Look at my papery wrists, think you could have nourished me better?
See how my torrents still sing your songs,
See how our jagged edges shine as I drown within your crevices,
Threadbare, spiraling in my earthen wants.
All Rights Reserved. Lopa Banerjee. April 29, 2016
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