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Our Childhood

written by: Dr. MOLLY JOSEPH

 

In groups we wandered
streaming through
the paddy fields
that whispered secrets
and echoed our howls
and uproar...

the cuckoo was vehement
in her response,
when we imitated her call...

the cattle out to graze
fanned their flat ears
and watched us
rushing through...

our minds light like the blue sky
flowing smoothly like the
the clear waters of the brook...

breathing in and out
freshness, sucking the ripe mango,
crushing the raw guava...

There lay the slanting tamarind
Our swing on earth
inviting...
We scrambled on it
one by one, smelling
the shady leaves,
plucking the sweet and sour...

With the wind caressing
brushing against our cheeks
we saw the world from heights
the world all green and clear
stretching far and near..

Dr Molly Joseph

Dr Molly Joseph

Dr. Molly Joseph had her specialization in Post War American Poetry (that of William Carlos Williams). She retired as HOD, Dept. of English, St.Xavier's College, Aluva, Kerala and now works as Professor Communicative English FISAT, Kerala. She has published five books of poems: Aching Melodies, Patridge Publications (2013); Autumn Leaves, Authors Press (2015); December Dews, Authors Press (2017); Myna's Musings, Authors Press (2017); Firefly Flickers (2018); and a novel: Hidumbi (2018).
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