What Is A Wall For

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Street Art In Chapel Road | ©SatishKrishnamurthy/Flickr

My Hibiscus plant

leans on my pink wall

and spills

orange blooms; luring the flower thief

each dawn,

when my plant is in a mood of charity-

the sky is pink in shame

so am I;

the husband’s face

is like the monster fish forever fixed

on the wall of Bandra’s Chapel Road*-

the woman is unabashed-

she has in her hand

a long stick with an iron hook

attached to its end-

she plucks my heart

with it-

the shy wall can do nothing-

 

*Chapel Road in Bandra, Mumbai is famous for its colorful street art.

 

Posted for my prompt~ The Wall @ Poets United Midweek Motif

17 thoughts on “What Is A Wall For

  1. Brilliant! I have wondered about my right to possessions when others have so little, and yet–should I feel shame when someone plucks my beauty? The wall is only a backdrop, aftter all. (I struggled today to put a few images into a poem that wanted to be too plain. Here, you have shown me how. )

  2. Oh, this is so powerful in its thematic unraveling — the pink of the wall and the shame, the thief that arrives at each dawn and the unabashed woman plucking your heart make for such a sensitive portrayal of both the sides of the wall.
    Wonderfully done, Sumana.
    -HA

  3. I love the riot of colour in your poem, Sumana, especially the lines:
    ‘orange blooms; luring the flower thief
    each dawn,
    when my plant is in a mood of charity-
    the sky is pink in shame’
    and the image of the ‘monster fish forever fixed on the wall’ – thank you for sharing the photograph!
    I also love the shyness of the wall.

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