Friday, October 9, 2015

Featuring Young Writer--Anushi Varma--United States

Ode to my Friends

They're right behind me,
and in front of me.
A girl who introduced sports to me.
A girl who likes movies like me.
Our families are similar,
Yet we live a river of asphalt away.

I tasted their spiced "Fanta"
And I see a green iPhone and homemade crafts.
I smell fried bananas and hear their laughing and modern music.
The bark of a tame pet makes me alert.
I feel my fingers type up a text.

My smile expands when my friend spikes a balloon.
We discuss movies and shows and whisper our secrets.
We laugh at ourselves enjoying the fantastic life in front of us.
My friends are like my family.
Their influence gives me sunlight to brighten my day.

Anushi Varma is 11 years old and in 6th grade at Still Middle School. She is a voracious reader and very good at drawing, painting, craftwork and writing books and journaling. After 7 years at the piano, she has now taken up the ‘cello.


  1. Dear Karen
    Thank you for encouraging young talent like Anushion your marvellous site.I certainly hope we can see more youthful writing here.With loving blessings to Anushi and to you,angelee

    1. Dear Angelee,

      Thank you for your part in making this a reality. I hope to publish more young writers in the future.


  2. Dear Anushi,

    Thank you for sharing your gift of words. You are a talented writer. I hope you continue in your writing journey. It was such a pleasure to publish your poem. Welcome to Whispers!


  3. Congratulations Karen for letting young talent bloom.

  4. Loved your friends poem. Look forward to reading-more.
    You have real talent...keep writing sweetie.

  5. Dear Anushi, I am so impressed with your talent for writing poetry. I have a granddaughter living in our home who is 11 years old and in middle school too. I am going to show her your poem and let her see what she too could do if she tried. She is talented but cannot see it. I'm so glad you decided to share your talent with this poem for all of us to marvel at here on Whispers. Thank you.
    Love, Charlene

  6. Anushi,
    What a talent you have! And an interesting bunch of friends. I hope to read more from you.
    Your new friend,
    David Fox

  7. Thank you, Isha Wagner, for the following--

    Eleven year old Anushi seems years ahead from the usual person of this age. The line I find quite magnificent is "the fantastic life in front of us" showing such love of being alive with her friends and her sure and definite knowledge of what is yet to come. I hope Anushi keeps writing through the years.

    Yours sincerely
    Isha Wagner

  8. This is quite the magnificent write from a very talented writer! I hope you continue to write and share your beautiful words of joy that you share with your friends. Let your talent truly shine like the marvel that it is! Great work,


  9. Thank you, Phyllis Babcock, for the following--

    It is heartwarming to see such young writers wanting to write poetry. My congratulations to our young Miss Varma on her first poem posted on Whispers. Congratulations Well done. love phyl

  10. Well done, Anushi! You appear to be a most talented young girl (lady, should I say). Music, art and poetry go very well together. May all your dreams turn into delightful blossoms. // paul

  11. Great piece Anushi, I really enjoyed it! Welcome to Whispers.

  12. Thank you, Robert Dufresne, for the following--

    Oh my goodness Anushi. This is a delightful poem. Uplifting and positive in its tone and seems spontaneous. I would have credited this poem to a much older individual than yourself. It was a nice surprise for me. Thank you for sharing it. God bless. Keep on writing.

    Bob D.

  13. You have a gift for the arts Anushi, and this impressive poem I hope will be the beginning of many more. Welcome to Whispers.I wish you all the best in your future endeavours. Blessings and Aloha, Connie

  14. You have a gift for the arts Anushi, and this impressive poem I hope will be the beginning of many more. Welcome to Whispers.I wish you all the best in your future endeavours. Blessings and Aloha, Connie

  15. Wow! All this talent in an eleven-year-old. Anushi, thank you for sharing your gift with us here at Whispers. I enjoyed "Ode to my Friends." I wish you well in all your writing endeavors and continued blessings in being the talented writer that you are!

    -MJ (

  16. It is nice to read this work about your life and you sharing your life with friends..Very creative and unique work..Sara Kendrick

  17. "Dear poets, thank you so much for your kinds words for Anushi's venture into the world of poetry. Your generosity leaves me speechless, Your unconditional ,loving encouragement is breathtaking, and I hope Anushi will use it as a springboard to write more. Thank you all,very gratefully yours ,Raveesh Varma/ Anjul Varma(parents)."

  18. Dear Anushi,

    You are talented writer. I hope to publish more of your poetry at Whispers. Above all, keep on writing and sharing your words.

    Best wishes,