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DISTRESSED DENIMS

written by: Dilip Mohapatra

@dilipmo

 

The display board at the
Arrivals announces
the flight to be on time
and as we wait for our
teen age granddaughter
coming to spend her
summer vacation with us
we continue to worry
since she was travelling alone
for the first time
unescorted.

Then we spot her emerging
at the exit
dragging her stroller
and with a big smile
framed with her glossed lips
a new phenomenon for us
that tells us how
has she grown up from
the chubby little girl
unsure and shy
clinging unto her mother’s hand
and squeezing her finger
in her tiny fist
that we were used to.

Suddenly my wife gives
out a suppressed scream
and runs over to her and bends
down to examine her knees
popping out of the frayed
slits on her jeans and exclaims
if she slipped on the gangway
or the cemented walkway
and torn her pants
and if she had injured herself.

My eyes however are stuck with
the hanging threads
from her crop top
and I tell her about
the Irish pennants on a naval uniform
that could spell disaster
to the wearer.

Then she chuckles
and enlightens us thus.

You see folks
this is the latest fashion statement
and comes in many forms
shredded frayed
tattered torn
subtly ribbed with knee cuts
ripped and patched
sometimes with messy ankle rolls
and to go by it
a pinstriped slouchy blazer perhaps,
or a quirky ribbed T
very neat
for a Saturday brunch or
for time-to-get-my-life-together missions
or for an impromptu margarita night
with your girlie gang
or watching an IPL match
with your buddies in a lazy afternoon
while touching base with your inner tomboy
and boarding a weekend flight
or perhaps a movie
and dinner out in a summer night.

Then she gestures with her
hooked fingers and
shakes her head from side to side
with a smirk on her lips and says
Yoo hoo
peek a boo, you don’t see me
I see you!
You got to make your choice
if you may like to be a prime punk
or be happy being
just a fossilised frump!

Dilip Mohapatra

Dilip Mohapatra

MAY 2017 / JAN-FEB 2019 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords.com
Dilip Mohapatra (b.1950), a decorated Navy Veteran started writing poems since the seventies. His initial foray into the world of literature was through poetry workshops in college and inspirations from his teacher Jayanta Mahapatra, an acclaimed poet in contemporary English. His poems have appeared in many literary journals of repute and anthologies worldwide. Some of his poems are included in the World Poetry Yearbook, 2013 and 2014 Editions. He has six poetry collections to his credit published by Authorspress, the latest being Dewdrops of Dawns, which has received raving reviews in multiple literary journals globally.
Currently his latest, a Professional book titled Campus to Corporate which is a career navigation manual for the students aspiring for a successful corporate career and for newcomers to the industry to survive and succeed has become a best seller with more than 10000 copies sold.
He lives with his wife at Pune, India.
Dilip Mohapatra

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