Dandelion Flower written by Aparna Reddy at Spillwords.com

Dandelion Flower

Dandelion Flower

written by: Aparna Reddy



Shall I dream about
the sunflower fields
as I lay beneath the gray sky?

Can I wonder
what life holds for me
as I see the planes fly above me?

My eyes can only trace
the craggy corners of uncertainty
in a windowless future

I wish I could dream
about being steadfast
as the rug below me is moving

My muted voice
trapped inside a bubble
slowly drifting away

I wish I could sing
with the chirping birds
and run along a familiar path

My life scattered
like the dandelion flowers
on a windy summer afternoon


Elena Dorfman’s photographs of Syrian refugees from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan were exhibited at Mills College, California in 2017. The poignant portraits of “the lost generation” as Dorfman calls them, conveyed a powerful visual narrative of shattered dreams and aspirations. These teenagers were leading a normal life before the war and the war displaced them physically and mentally too. The picture of “Dvaa” inspired me to write this poem. It struck a deep chord in me when I saw her pensive face in a lovely spring backdrop.

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