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writeALONG! 6 December

A TUESDAY FEATURE

host: Muskaan Ahuja

guest editor: Richa Sharma


Hello readers,


I will be with you here along with Muskaan in December to share, learn, discuss, and,

most of all, enjoy poems and experiences.



Your Favourite Dress


There is majestic diversity in clothing within and across cultures in the world. Different attires identify each country. We don't just wear for functional and social reasons, but what, how, and why we select a dress carries specific meanings and emotions.



his prayers for pay

pay off...

a new summer kimono


--- Issa


In reading the autobiographical material of Japan's most famous, post-classical woman tanka poet, Yosano Akiko (1878 – 1942), many personal experiences highlight subtle themes related to wearing good clothes and makeup. I quote:


“On New Year's, Yosano chose to wear everyday clothes instead of festive ones for reasons of

cleanliness. Washing a festive kimono, seldom worn, involved taking the garment apart and sewing it together again, so it was only rarely done. Later, Yosano wore bright colours and outfits that would remain in people’s minds for years after their meeting.”


Here is a beautiful tanka from her collection Tangled Hair, translated by Sanford Goldstein and Seishi Shinoda.



After my bath

At the hot spring,

These clothes

As rough to my skin

As the world!



Please share your lovely short-form poetry, up to 5 lines, about any aspect of clothing or accessory that uniquely defines you and your aspirations.

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Dec 13, 2022

Thanks for the lovely prompt. I kept on posting.

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Richa Sharma
Richa Sharma
Dec 14, 2022
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All thanks to you for stopping by and sharing good work :) 🙏🤍

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Dec 13, 2022

#4

.

wearing a pant

for the first time

the masculinity in me

raging in my eyes

hot summer noon


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Richa Sharma
Richa Sharma
Dec 13, 2022
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Powerful and relatable. Thank you so much for sharing, Lakshmi 🙏❤️

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Dec 13, 2022

#3

.

nothing elegant

as the sari wear

the way the creepers

twist and turn around the trees

encovering their being

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Richa Sharma
Richa Sharma
Dec 13, 2022
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So beautiful. Love the tanka, Lakshmi 👏❤️

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Dec 13, 2022

#2

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Rajput bridal wear ...

the sixty-year old couple

back to their youth

.

Feedback


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Richa Sharma
Richa Sharma
Dec 13, 2022
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Awesome. Thank you so much, Lakshmi, for posting your lovely work 👍❤️

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Dec 13, 2022

#1

.

starting

to wrap around

my nine-yard sari

in concentric circles

i rediscover the mandala art

.


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Richa Sharma
Richa Sharma
Dec 13, 2022
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Another stunning one. Thank you 🙏❤️

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