Welcome back and this week m sharing another poem wrote while in Mumbai on Sunday 25th February 2018.
I guess with the release of Unlocked
and the success it is already having I have been reminiscing and so browsing through my notebooks filled with all sorts of scribbles from my epic Indian adventure.
Amongst the crowds I walk
Watching every step I take
Avoiding splats, spit and grime.
I avert my eyes to the men’s stares
I avert my eyes to not see what they see
For I know I am different
I’ve been told not one, but many times
“People see you with your long dark curls
Your black eyelashes, your brown eyes
They are confused; they see an Indian girl in Western clothes,
They see an Indian girl, a Bollywood star.”
I laughed when was told
And now I become bold and look straight back at them all
Men and women in they eye
I dare them to say something
But they don’t unless it’s in
Response to “namaste” and a smile.
To me I wonder at the men who openly stare
And the women who exist under
the beautiful flowing saris
liquid and colour and life
What lives do they lead? What dreams do they have?
But my thoughts are fleeting, as
Wispy as the morning mist and the
evening drifty fog
This is India, It’s bigger than me
It’s greater than my spirit, my world…
It has crept up on me and I know it will
Stay in my heart forever.
Thank you for joining me and if you’re a writer, reader, poet or lover of words please feel free to contact me for a collaborative feature on my blog. I’d be delighted to discuss your ideas.
Until next week, Happy Writing, Happy Reading, Happy You.
Love Soulla xxx