The pillows on my bed
Are not stuffed with cotton.
They are stuffed with
My mother’s old sarees
And lots of other childhood memories.
The picture hanging there on the wall
Is still full of vigour and charm.
The nail hammered into the wall
Ten years ago with precision
Appears rusty yet very strong.
The pink ceramic vase gifted
To my aunt
Is a part of the soil now
In their backyard.
It hasn’t lost its shape
Just the colour has faded
And its scratches have deepened.
Sravani Singampalli is a published writer, poet and artist from India. Her works are published or forthcoming in many online and print journals and magazines. She is the winner of the Fiesta Love Poetry Competition 2018 and the 1st Submittable -Centric Poetry Contest. She was also one of the finalists for the Poetry Matters Poetry Contest and has won many prizes for her poetry. Her works were nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology award by the Scarlet Leaf Review and the Spirit Fire Review.
[Image Description: An Indian woman smiles, head turned slightly to the left. She has long, dark brown or black hair, and is wearing a green anarkali dress and silver hoop earrings.]