Her Heterotopia

Into the beauty parlor, she stepped

A client in the winter of life

Her snowy authenticity 

in various stages of embarrassment

covered with a stole

Ushered in she was with welcoming parlance

and into a room shown 

where once the door was shut 

skilled hands worked on her tresses

transforming them from wintry strings

to summery curls

Two hours later, she walks out


Youthfulness camouflaging her grey

for another month

until the cycle would bring her again


to the room behind closed doors

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Vidya Shankar
Vidya Shankar, a widely published Indian poet, writer, editor, English teacher, and a “book” in the Human Library, says poetry is not different from her. A recipient of literary awards and recognition, she uses the power of her words to sensitize her readers about environmental issues, mental health, and the need to break the shackles of an outdated society. Vidya is the author of two poetry books, The Flautist of Brindaranyam (in collaboration with her photographer husband, Shankar Ramakrishnan), and The Rise of Yogamaya (an effort to create awareness about mental health.) She finds meaning in her life through yoga and mandalas.