Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Raw Life


The rifles lay empty on the dust,
the grenades shattered into pieces.
A body on top of another, multiple times over,
The war, it never really ended.

Sons' and daughters' of the earth,
lost and won with arms.
Took over countries,
But also shortened family trees.

As the concept of empty nest grew,
it also came by rapidly;
For parents all over the world,
war, was a personal tragedy.

While the coffee in the kettle brew,
they were served the bitter truth:
Their kids had fought valiantly,

But unfortunately, could not make it through.




- Ragini Zutshi Anand


Monday, 15 August 2016

Not my fault

I messed up,
I admit it.
But it wasn't really my fault;
it was the cat who did it!

She ate your last cookie,
and spilled your shampoo.
My fault in this was that I was present there too.

She toppled over the expensive vase,
in which you kept the flowers;
broke your miniature model
of the tallest towers!

So I guess you've learnt your lesson now
and I think I have mine:
Don't leave me alone with your cat again,
and also,
do I have to pay for the damages this time?


- Ragini Zutshi Anand


Monday, 8 August 2016

Serious #16 too late

You tell me I'm pretty,
you tell me I'm fair,
you tell me I'm okay;
that my eyes look better once bare.

You tell me my hair is soft,
and that it looks better when it's down.
You tell me my nose is sharp,
and my face, slightly round.

You tell me you like my fat arms,
"They give great hugs", you say;
My tanned tomato-potato face is constantly met by,
"Have you put blush on today?"

My smile "one in a million",
my skin apparently smooth,
then why, oh why ma,
Do I look ugly in the photo-booth?

Why do my nice hugging arms look so amplified?
Why does this tooth look crooked here?
Why do the bags underneath my eyes 
look tired, and tried?

"Maybe she's born with it, 
maybe it's make up", 
is what I get to hear now.
"If a mid-thirties woman has no self confidence, 
I should take a bow."

They sneer, they stare
when I go out to the market,
because I'm dressed like I'm going for the prince's ball
and not just gotten out of my blanket.


If only you'd said all that you say now ma,
let's say, ten years back?
I'd not be standing here in front of you,
crying.
With my mascara that I can't do without now,
streaming down my face,
my mascara, dark black.



//
- Ragini Zutshi Anand

















Monday, 1 August 2016

Ma.

You're half a century old today,
"half antique" you call yourself;
but you still look like the 20 year old you,
and almost identical to the photos on the shelf.

I may not be an amazing daughter,
and your son may not be the best,
your husband (and my father),
will have to be put through a test.

But there are certain things you should know,
even if I don't say them everyday:
I love you, more than anyone in the world,
and I know you can't bear the thought of living without me, even for a day
(Prepare for college, ma).

Brutal and rude,
I'm selfish and unkind;
you say "this isn't what I've taught you"
when I treat you unfairly at times.

But I'm here to wish you a happy birthday (not self deprecate myself),
even though it was more than a week ago;
Yes, I know, we didn't so much,
but that's because you gave birth to a do do.

- Ragini Zutshi Anand, wishing you with all my heart and soul. :D <3