Theme: Widow

The Sea Widow - Part 2

Lately she had taken to

Wading into the sea

At midnight.


Sitting in front of the mirror

Brushing her hair, she’d notice 

The colour changing to thick auburn

Banishing the grey,

The brows no longer furrowed

Her dull complexion now radiant.

Even the sepia-tinged picture of Jack

In his fisherman cardigan,

Curly hair swept under a round cap,

Brightened up as it grew dark.

She looked at it every night

Before turning the lights out.


One wind-lashed night

Jack let himself in, muttering, 

“I left behind what I had caught

I missed what I could carry”

As the sea water rolled

Down his ankles in a curved line. 


More By  :  Kewal Paigankar

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