My grandmother in a pink sari

my grandmother in a pink sari

dressed to perfection, to dazzle

she hasn’t put on any make up

yet there is a glow about her face

her feet are more moist than usual

the skin over her knuckles, more wrinkly

she doesn’t say much, just lies there

sleeping with her eyes open

there are no ornaments on her body

only the hands of those who loved her

and the pity of those who think

she died before her time.

 

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