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Ripped

February 11, 2015 | By

I wrote this little poem for my younger daughter Sharanya (Rimli) in a bewildered mental state after she met with her first accident in her school.

Rimli

Each night, I wrap you up
Your tender mouth and face,
Give you the softest, warmest blanketed sleep

I bite my lips and the salty waters drain down

a labyrinth of pain.

Even if it did hurt from the moment

You were formed,

I embraced its melodies in a wellspring of love,

Wanting the pain glowing

In my body and spirit,

And then it hid away in

Unsung nooks and crevices

In absorbed moments, when

your little hands and feet

Imprinted themselves on me.

I didn’t know when your incessant splash of words and your hushed sleep became my lullaby.

The river crawled back,

Twitching haphazard my indolent face.

Each night, I wrap you up

Your tender mouth and face,

Give you the softest, warmest blanketed sleep,

Each new day, you slip from the tinkle bell of my womb’s sheltered dark.

The day unwraps you in splinters, tainted brown flesh.

I know the river will now pull you downstream.

There waits your world in light, wind, mayhem and danger.

Note: I wrote this little poem for my younger daughter Sharanya (Rimli) in a bewildered mental state after she met with her first accident in her school and had a big cut in her lower chin. 

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Lopamudra (Lopa) Banerjee is an author, editor, poet and writing instructor staying in Dallas, Texas with her family, but originally from Kolkata, India. She has a Masters in English with thesis in Creative Nonfiction from University of Nebraska and also Masters in English from University of Calcutta, India. Apart from writing and editing some critically acclaimed books and being awarded with the Reuel International Prize for Poetry (2017) and for Translation (2016), she has dabbled in all genres of writing, from journalism and content writing to academic essays and fiction/poetry. She has been interviewed in various e-zines, literary blogs and also at TV (Kolkata) and at radio stations in Dallas, Texas. Very recently, she has been part of the upcoming short film 'Kolkata Cocktail', a docu-feature based on poetry, but her love for writing feature stories go back to her journalism days when she interviewed people from all walks of life and wrote essays and articles based on them. She loves performing poetry as spoken words art and has performed in various forums in India and USA.
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