Everyday Moments(#SOL-2021)

22-06-2021

Since yesterday we are having a break from rains. It had been raining for nearly ten days. There are a lot of problems when the rains come but without them, we cannot imagine what could happen.

Number of cororna cases are coming down but we are reading about Delta variant then about the third wave later on. It is scary. Lockdown restrictions are being removed slowly. Today we read in the paper how people are thronging the markets in Bangalore. For how long can there be a lockdown? So many are suffering due to lack of work or due to living off their savings. It is a terrible situation.

Everyday, a lady walks past our house. She works in some houses, she said many of her neighbours have gone back to their villages. This lady balances a bag on her had and walks with such ease. I always stop what I am doing to watch her. The other day I had my mobile and took a photo of her walking away.

Today I made jackfruit dosa. The batter is made from rice and the arils. We all like it. We get jackfruit in the market too but we have never bought one till now. We get enough from our tree, but this year we have got only one. Pineapples are growing in our garden, we made jam from one.

A few mornings ago, we heard someone calling us from our gate. He is a security guard in the plot behind our house. When he saw my husband, he smiled in recognition. He had been working as a security officer in the university campus. He was a talkative man 😊. In a short time, we came to know a lot about him. After retiring from the university, he works day time in the town and at night he works as a security guard. I wonder if he gets enough sleep. Maybe he has to work long hours to make ends meet. Actually, he had come to ask if he could pluck some Champaka flowers. We told him the tree belonged to our neighbour. He went there and plucked some with permission. He wanted to offer them to God. I heard him telling our neighbour that by allowing him to pluck flowers, God will bless her too 😊.

Some time ago I came across Pantoum form of poetry. I find it fascinating. I wrote this one evening after returning from our walk.

Walking along the road

Dark clouds gathered

Sound of approaching rain

Coming nearer and nearer.

Dark clouds gathered

Brimming with water

Coming nearer and nearer

Drenched us to the skin

Rain and wind together

Under the grey sky

With an umbrella

Only the head was dry.

Under the grey sky

An experience to remember

The feel of wind and rain

Walking along the road.

The pantoum is a poem of any length, composed of four-line stanzas in which the second and fourth lines of each stanza serve as the first and third lines of the next stanza. The last line of a pantoum is often the same as the first.

Champaka | Hindu Lifestyle https://www.hinduscriptures.com/hindu-lifestyle/champaka/438

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

8 comments

  1. Your poem was very lovely, thank you for sharing it.
    The Delta variant is supposedly 60% more contagious, and lots of people in England have been catching it. On the other hand, vaccinated people are a great deal safer than those who have not been vaccinated. They don’t appear to be completely 100% safe however.

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  2. I love the pantoum form. I am glad you are having a break from the rains and that the coronavirus cases are declining. I hope the lockdown will soon be lifted – I know it’s been so dangerous there, with much suffering. Such bleakness in contrast to the lushness of the setting, glorious fruit and flowers offered to God – this moves me deeply.

    I could not find your post on this week’s TWT; I got here from your comment on my post and I am so glad I did!

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  3. I enjoyed reading your Slice of Life. I especially enjoyed your photo of the lady walking away and your poem. I liked the word picture of dark clouds gathering, brimming with water that drenched you to the skin even though you had an umbrella! I remember that kind of rain from many years ago when my family lived in Panama, Central America. Praying for your country and all that have suffered so much from the pandemic. It is horrifying that in many places we could be facing another wave of infections with the Delta variant.

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  4. My student always enjoyed writing pantoums. It always looked like they wrote more than they actually did with the repetition of the lines. I understand the need for the rainy season, but I can’t imagine ten straight days of rain. Hope you and your family stay healthy.

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