Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The twin babies

During my India trip early this year, one morning I woke up to witness a sight so endearing I couldn't help capturing it forever in my camera. It was my grandma taking my niece in her stroller around our ancestral house. I've looked at this photo many many times, and seen layers and layers of that certain undefinable something - the human spirit perhaps - that tugs at my heart every time I look at this photo. So today, I decided to fill in the missing words to complete this story.




















Decades ago I came to this house
I was but a little girl
Unaware and uncertain
Of how my life was to unfurl

The wrinkles on my face
Can tell you many a story
Days of my forgotten youth
And the past in all its glory

But now I'm like you in some ways
I need help with whatever life brings
I have to eat mushy food like you
And I don't remember a lot of things


You've travelled more than me
And seen so many more places
But there's something I've seen a lot more of
Life and its many strange faces

I can only show you the blue sky
And the white clouds and the birds
There's so much more I want to tell you
But you just haven't learnt enough words

Ninety years stand between us
And you're too young to see what I see
You may be my daughter's daughter's daughter
But you know what? A part of you is me.




35 comments:

Neihal said...

Absolutely brilliant!!!

well said Sash.

and I specially loved this

"Ninety years stand between us
And you're too young to see what I see
You may be my daughter's daughter's daughter
But you know what? A part of you is me"


awwww!

Neihal said...

*walks coolly unto the podium and Grabs her GOLLLLLD*

heehahahaha!

Yeah, I am stalking ur blog, in case you are wondering :P

nidhi said...

Silver
and bronze too!!!! :)

Have commented but once earlier and cudn't let go of this chance :)

Garam Bheja Fry said...

wow!!

But there's something I've seen a lot more of
Life and its many strange faces


so very true!!

"sayeasha's is an experience you ought not miss,
The shots you gulp, ensue absolute bliss,
Save for a 'few' ,it's a fun filled ride,
bcoz those very few, leave you n me
dewy-eyed"

well done sayesha!!

Thisisme said...

awwww..this is sooooooo very sweeet!!!!!

You've travelled more than me
And seen so many more places
But there's something I've seen a lot more of
Life and its many strange faces


I luvveddd these lines :-)

Iday said...

OMG. This is absolutely beautiful :)

Well written sash. Really well written :)

crazy said...

Lovely poem !!
Bucket full of emotions captured in a bunch of lines, beautiful :)

oxymoron said...

brilliant foto and awesome lines!

Bivas said...


But now I'm like you in some ways
I need help with whatever life brings
I have to eat mushy food like you
And I don't remember a lot of things

You've travelled more than me
And seen so many more places
But there's something I've seen a lot more of
Life and its many strange faces


Beautifully potrayed the similarities and the differences. The human life cycle does come a full circle and yet there is that slight yet significant difference of experiencing life! :-)

Anumeha Sah said...

Excellent!!

Cheeku said...

tat was beautiful, exquisite... remembered my grany... and girl, u brought tears to my eyes... very touchy...

:)
Cheeku

jade said...

most endearing photo i hv seen... beuatiful words to go with it. :)

Sakshi said...

Such a nice poem :)

Bhai ne aaj ekdumich senti bana diya..

Tejal said...

It was an adorable poem.
I loveeee my grandmom tooooo...but i jus realized.. i havent told her this properly.. *runs to find granny*

Deepali said...

Well done Sayesha! It is so deep and beautiful.
I am going to call and talk to my grandma right now. :)

Clueless said...

*sniff* So lovely. I miss grandma :(

satish said...

sahi hai bhai!

Alapana said...

Thats so beautifully put in. "Ek sadi ka faasla ho shayad lekin dhund mein bhi main deksakthi hoon mere saaye ko,meri hi tho parchayi ho tum,pehchaan ho,ek sadi ka faasla ho shayad,lekin mera hi tho ek hissa ho"

Shekhar said...

Absolutely brilliant, Sayesha bhai!

~knock wood~ It must be a beautiful feeling to look into old eyes which lovingly appreciate the new generation which has evolved from their own flesh and blood.

The rest of us just look up at the sky and smile. :)

Deepali said...

popped again ! and yeah, i liked the title "The twin babies" :)

K said...

Beautiful

Rebellion said...

Beautiful Sash. It was simply awesome :)
No matter how much I try, no words can do justice to your adorable words :)

Ekta said...

this sight is so endearing!...its always such a pleasure to see older people bond with little kids...its almost like seeing them become like kids again

Sayesha said...

#Neihal,
Thanks, my blog-stalker!! :)

#Nidhi,
Hahaha! You can't take both in one comment! :)

#Garam Bheja Fry,
Thanks! :)

#Thisisme,
Thanks! :)

#Iday,
Thanks! :)

#Crazy,
Thanks! :)

#Oxymoron,
Whoa! Zinda ho??? Welcome back and thanks! :)

#Bivas,
Thanks! :)

#Cheeku,
Thanks! :)

#Jade,
Thanks! :)

#Sakshi,
Thanks! Apun bhi senti ho gaya re! :'(

#Tejal,
Thanks! :)

#Deepali,
Thanks! :)

#Clueless,
Me too! :'(

#Satish,
Thanks! :)

#Alapana,
Wow, amazing lines! :)

#Shekhar,
Thanks! :) Yeah, she's my only surviving grandparent. I have to look up at the sky and smile at the other three :)

#Deepali,
Thanks! :)

#K,
Thanks! :)

#Rebellion,
Thanks! :)

#Ekta,
Exactly what I felt, as if they were both kinda the same age!

oxymoron said...

arre madam,
kis baat ka welcome!
hum to yahin the, always!
living in the invisible mode -;)
reading every post. just silent!

Rads said...

Too good :))

Anoop Sundaram said...

really good one!! feel really bad seeing old ppl WORKING here at most food outlets :(

Sayesha said...

#Oxymoron,
Kabhi kabhi hello-hi kar diya karo yaar! :)

#Rads,
Thanks! :)

#Anoop,
Thanks. :)

Kaala Kavva said...

Samay ne dekho kya kiya,
Kaisee yeh kahaani unkahi hai,
Daaru ka adda chalate chalate,
Dekho yeh poetess ban gayi hai.

Sayesha said...

#Kaala Kavva,
Heyy! Tu itne dinon baad dikha hai?! Kahan tha re bewda? :D Welcome welcome back! :D

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

is kaale kavve ne meri template churayi. :@

Awesome poem & pic sash, very beautiful!

Sayesha said...

#Ipanema Gal,
Thanks! :)
ps: Do you know that in Singapore, they shoot down crows? :P

The Smiling Girl said...

I love this poem!! Too good.. really touched the heart... :)

Khushi said...

so sweet... my eyes were full :)

Sayesha said...

#The Smiling Girl,
Thanks :)

#Khushi,
Thanks :)