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Savita Tyagi


A Friendship Quilt


Struggling to survive in a foreign land
I met an old lady, working on a small piece of quilt
"Lovely", I remarked
Proudly she showed me nine more pieces made by her friends
To complete the mosaic of her quilt
Nuance of her wrinkled face were filled with cherished memories of a lifetime
"Do you have friends? " She asked after a pause
A quilt needle pierced through my heart
"No, " I said quietly, " All were left behind."
That night in my cold empty room
Tears rolling from my eyes
I longed for the placid familiarity of my homeland
For the warmth of a friendship quilt
At midnight moon came out smiling from the clouds
In its pellucid light from window pane
A checkered pattern emerged on the wall
The flat white squares on the wall
Were dappled with the leaves and tree branches hanging in the sash
Silhouette of a perfect quilt breathing life in still room-
Made me smile through my tears
I opened the window
Standing in the dark room, listening to the quaint causerie
Of stars and moon, of wind and leaves
I watched the ebullition of benevolence from Nature
Sweeping through my backyard
Clairvoyance?
For a sylph whispered from the woods
"You are not alone"!

Submitted: Thursday, March 06, 2014
Edited: Saturday, November 01, 2014

Topic(s): Friendship


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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Some time back settling in a new town I joined a friendship group. The lady who taught us quilting became much more then a teacher. I dedicate this poem to her love and friendship.

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  • Gold Star - 13,290 Points Akhtar Jawad (9/7/2014 10:44:00 PM)

    A nice dedication to friend, and a teacher as well, important everywhere but especial in a foreign land. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 950 Points Kanav Justa (3/20/2014 11:57:00 PM)

    Even when we are alone... we are never alone.. like the way you build this one with an amazing ending to this poem... (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,391 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (3/6/2014 9:32:00 AM)

    we are not alone, once we try to open up the imaginary wall around us..
    The poem is very beautiful as the quilt..Thank you, savita Tyagi.. (Report) Reply

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