1.  The Last Word

Voices in my head:

Not good enough

Not pretty enough

Not tall enough

Not fair enough

Not woman enough

Not wife enough

Not lover enough

Not mother enough

Not this enough

Not that enough

Not enough


All it took was one word,

The last word,

I got to say it!


I am pretty enough

Woman enough

Lover enough

Mother enough

Partner enough

Human enough


What a joyous word,

I say!


2. Patterns

It is not just rain drops

On roses

And whiskers on kittens

It is man to man

Father to son

Mother to daughter

Patterns of love

And evil.

The way you choose

The way you denigrate

The way you fight

The way you befriend

The way you write

The way you draw

The way you admire

The way you mock

The way you run away

The way you betray

The way you portray

The way you dream

The way you brag

The way you compare

The way you feel small

The way you escape

The way you cage

The way you hunt

The way you drink

The way you eat

The way you whisper

The way you talk

The way you snigger

The way you smile

The way you brood

The way you are silent

The way you wonder

The way you sleep

The way you wake

The way you laugh

The way you frown

The way you love

Or not love


Careful of


In life:


They are so


To everyone

But you!


An Exercise in English Composition

Picture 230

So the teacher said:

Dear children, develop the following outline into a small story.

Her eyes were red

I noticed.

“Fox, grapes, jump.

Fail, try again.

Fail, fail, frustrated.

Grapes are sour,”

She smiled at us wanly.

Hey, she said,

Try this children!

Give a good title,

” Fox and the Grapes!”

I made a hobby out of that outline game

And tried playing it often:

a) Try this children:


Win, happy

News in papers

Man scared, angry

Man’s father  furious, screams

Your name in it, not ours?

Bad woman, not respectful

Did not give us credit!


Hiding the Newspaper!

b) Better fun? Try this children!

Not beautiful,

Plain and ugly

Thin and small

Not good to be shown out

Stay inside home

Family get- together

Not for you

We will be back soon

Open at the first knock

Grand mother is deaf

And will not hear.

Title: Going Out

3. Try this too children:

Family, support

Thank God the children

Do not take after



And then the honey,

After the snakebite

Your hair is not

That bad, by the way!


4.Try this children


Hiding newspapers

Hiding self



Title: Past

Alternate title: Truth is stranger than fiction

Like it, teacher?