Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Bonfire--By Nivedita N (Divenita Er)--United States

The Bonfire 

Chintu's father died the night he turned thirteen.
He couldn't cry; he was too naive for that.

His mother kicked him out of her troubles
with her cracked heels, yet, they spent
a miserable life together.

She bought him fancy t-shirts from Shoppers Stop
but re-stitched her old salwars;
His teenage was spent on the steps
of our apartment's corridors, crying his heart out, 
listing troubles that were partly true.

He loved his mother in an unusual way.
He never massaged that back that carried
a bag pack of problems or rubbed her weary feet 
that were tired of walking alone, but he blew away
his first salary on an expensive spa. 
She was too happy to be annoyed.

The friction in their relation never died;
though it produced bags of heat.
At twenty four, when his mother died, Chintu tied them up
and sat beside this bonfire of memories.

Note--Salwar – Indian women’s wear

Nivedita N (Divenita Er), a Hyderabadi, is an unschooled student of poetry and prose. She writes to make sense of the chaotic world around through her stories and poetry. Among her other interests, she loves enjoying the world of printing, publishing and editing. She blogs at: Currently she resides in Wisconsin, soaking in the warmth of its people and the onset of Spring.


  1. Nivedita,
    A sad, but well-written poem. Welcome to Whispers!
    Your new friend,
    David Fox

    1. Thank you so much David for your thoughts on my poem.

  2. Dear Nivedita,

    It is good to see you already have a wonderful comment from David on your heartfelt poem. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent here. Best wishes withe your writing journey.


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    1. Thank you for leaving your thoughts, Sheikha!

  4. The poem touched me in ways beyond measure. Thanks!

  5. Nivedita, this is a really exceptional, warm, heartfelt, and well-written poem. I really enjoyed it's sentiment with a spreading of humanity. Thank you for sharing it and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  6. Very powerful poem! Welcome to our world, Nivedita!

  7. Thank you :) Maurice
    Thank you, Raamesh!