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October 10, 2020 | By

I don’t remember, ever flying!
What do you remember then?
Was always with you, part of a tree and green!
Doesn’t everything have a thought, a feeling, an emotion, wonders Piu.

As I walked by the lane, they spoke to each other.
They never spoke as such.
Neither chirped.
They were just there, quietly holding on to the last bit of themselves as the wind softly eroded them.

When he lost his eyes, she came a little closer, at least I thought she did!
Her beak was about to touch his cheeks to whisper to him what he wasn’t missing around.
Then she realised they never could see but only felt.


It was then the time for her to fade. She hadn’t seen her colour but she loved her own surface, painted and smooth.
Could have been the colour of the sky.
Could have been the trees. Who knows but she could feel it peeling off.

He coaxed the moss that covered him, to grow on her instead. He was fine being bare as long as she had the coat of green.

I had seen them together while coming back from the afternoon walks, close to each other quietly counting the blessings before the rain made them softer and brittle.

Letter to Myself During the Days of Corona

Letter to Myself During the Days of Corona – LnC Series by Piu Mahapatra

It wasn’t about growing smaller or losing forms. They were comfortable with the change.
They changed shapes together.
Grew different from each other on every other day.
But they both believed to be part of the same, at least that’s what I felt every time I went out to put garbage on the driveway.

I don’t know if I have ever called your name!
Do you know mine, at all?
All I know that you never left, so there was no need to call.

(Artwork: Piu Mahapatra)

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A painter, facilitator, and art consultant by profession, Piu never let go the opportunity to work around and along with the ‘Curious little George’ of different schools in India and abroad. Her articles on art education and awareness have been published in different contemporary art journals of India and Virginia for more than a decade. She loves to let her hair go down and often makes pathetic attempts to write poetry and short stories for children. The only thing she has ever done good is letting her son soar high and low with his wings open wide and fear-free.
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3 thoughts on “Unuttered!

  • A Bharat

    How do you think of these things,Piu! I’m speechless. And to express it so sensitively too. I guess an artist is an artist irrespective of the medium. As for your initial query-You can stop wondering.
    Every blessed thing in the universe has a thought and feeling.Haven’t I seen it demonstrated just now?

  • Piu

    I enjoy every bit of your appreciation and yet get confused. I fall in the trap of believing that I write great. But true works… the one that stays longer… and are profound…require more time and reflection .
    I don’t do that!
    They are bits of me … quick , random, sketchy. More like those roadside panipuri.
    But sometimes… some nights…I read something amazing… something profound of other writer and a spell is casted!!

    Thanks for your warm words and the time you spend in encouraging 🙏🏽

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