I receive a small collection of Swarovski crystal beads, hearts, squaredelles, roundels, tear drops, bi-cones, and other shapes all with tiny holes in them and as they wink and blink in the light, I turn them over and over in my palm, marveling at their perfection...
I travel back in time where, dressed in my best frock and new shoes, I went to my friend's house to a childhood birthday party. The piece of cake I was served, had tiny silver beads on it, which I collected carefully in my handkerchief and put in my pocket. I remember going home with my ayah and excitedly opening my handkerchief to find … nothing, no beads! I searched all over and cried when I couldn’t find those silver beads, and now five and a half decades later this small box of magic beads, which wink enticingly at me, are home again.
from her open hair
the scent of jasmine
Note: Tanabata is a Japanese star festival, usually held on July 7, and celebrates the meeting of Vega and Altair. The Milky Way, a river made from stars that crosses the sky, separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year.
Previously published in Haiku Canada Review
Angelee Deodhar, is an eye surgeon turned haiku poet, translator, and artist from India. She has translated six books of haiku from English to Hindi. She has no personal website or blog. "Hot on the heels of her 2014 release of a collection of poetic prose containing haiku, Deodhar celebrates having edited Journeys 2015, an Anthology of International Haibun, highlighting authors in 15 different countries." - David McMurray, Editor, Asahi Haikuist Network, Japan