by Nalini Priyadarshni
Beads from Peru
Back from visiting Machu Picchu
on that hot and dusty afternoon
when he gazed at rows of beautiful beads
he did not believe in predestination or
reincarnation nor karmic connections.
Each design more beautiful than the other
it took him several minutes to choose
which earrings, bracelet or necklace he wanted
and several decades to decide for whom
He does not believe in predestination
or reincarnation nor karmic connections when
he adorns the woman he has never met
but loves no less for that
with the beads he bought in Peru
Between then and now
I’ve shorn my tresses, had children
Walked roads I didn’t even know exist.
Silly of me to imagine things wouldn’t change
And I am not even talking about your hair.
Memories play games on checkered board
Remembrances dicey at best
Not of what happened
But what we perceived.
Forever nipping at our heels
What if we had a little more time.
Those crimson bindis abandoned
On the mirror of your washstand
Watched over as we delved into each other and selves
Wrapped arms, scrambled eggs, tea in bed
When we slept without a worry in the world
Later, every time I traced on water
The face once held close to my own
I wondered if you ever returned to
Sand dunes trampled on thoughtlessly
And left without a word
Now threatens to obliterate reminiscences
We packed away with letters never written
Visited and unfolded in dead of night
Every time we needed kindness
We did not deserve
Unfinished business has a way to remain that way
Or finish in a way least expected
It is left unfinished for a reason.
About the author Nalini Priyadarshni is a poet, writer, editor and amateur photographer. Her work has appeared at Up the Staircase Weekly, eFiction India, Mad Swirl, Crescent Magazine, The Riveter Review, Writes & Lovers Café, The Gambler, Camel Saloon, Earl of Plaid, CUIB-NEST-NIDO, and The Open Road Review, Phoenix Photo and Fiction, Undertow Tanka Calliope Magazine and 52 loves besides numerous anthologies including I Am Woman, Awakening of She, Art of Being Human etc. Her forthcoming publications include I Am Waiting series by Silver Birch Press, Quail Bell Magazine and Lipstickparty Magazine. She lives in India with her husband and two feisty kids.