Sari

Shea butter brown palaces

Of warmth and refuge.

Fuschia pink fluttering

Fortresses against the arrows of the harsh world.

Crimson red words of

Reassurance and critique

Rendered as soft glances and light pats.

Deep blue 

Crisp

Starched 

Bearers of strength and will.

Soft stacks of cotton candy

Spelling childhood comfort.

Light blue breezes against 

The skin

Bringing the sky closer to me.

Deep blue

Warm

Scented with trips to the icecream truck 

And gajar ka halwa.

Stacks of drapes

9-yards long

Chiffon

Cotton

Silk

Folded into neat stacks

An amulet, or

An ornament?

Perhaps that’s for her to decide.

~Ritika

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