That I should, in the midst of pressing work
In the kitchen, find myself drifting towards the window
Of my third floor apartment
Not knowing what was pulling me there,
Only to see spread out before me
The grey bleakness of a rain-splattered outside,
Yet not giving in to disappointment
But anticipating a miracle, in the trust
That I wouldn’t be where I was without reason.
That I should find myself there
At that particular window
At that particular extent in time was nothing but serendipity—
For, within moments, there came upon the scene
A rainbow in the rain
Like a splash of refreshing coolness
On a bleary weary summer day—
It was a lady, or was it a man?
I couldn’t say for sure,
But whoever it was, had walked out there
From nowhere, holding
A vibrant multi-coloured umbrella over their head,
Is that how hope appears?
I was, however, not destined to witness
The end of the story, for, from my kitchen
The pressure cooker called out to me
I went back to the mundane
Thanking the Universe for a revelation
Of patience, of protection, in colour
In my otherwise monochromatic scheme of life.
Vidya Shankar, a “book” in the Human Library, and an editor with Kavya-Adisakrit (an imprint of Adisakrit Publishing House), says poetry is not different from her. The author of two poetry books The Flautist of Brindaranyam (in collaboration with her photographer husband, Shankar Ramakrishnan), and The Rise of Yogamaya, she has received several literary awards and recognitions. She also adds meaning to her life through yoga and mandalas.
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