The Life of an Elastic Band

The Life of an Elastic Band


She once sat cowered in the corner, in the dark
Her knees drawn to her chin,
trying to be as small as possible
In her favourite pastel pink salwar kameez

A short-silky, black bob which never hid her face
She had learnt to smile through the pain for everyone
who looked at her

In this room she allowed it to drop,
with her shoulders and her faith
Her sanctuary from the stares and the cruelty

She looked over towards the thin curtains
which danced gently against the paneless window
Selene had finally found her and
lovingly made her presence known

Her reaction was to turn away,
she was done with being seen
All she wanted was to be left alone

The Goddess didn’t get angry and leave,
instead, she stayed
And gently lit the space of where she didn’t hide

In case she changed her mind

© P Bathina 032019


Poetics describes a whole range of engagements with life that are storied, reflective and filled with imagination and inspiration, as opposed to analysis in the strict sense. When science rules, the magic fades. When thinking ascends the throne, the soul may atrophy. Yet poetics is not irrational – it is a take which reaches into a different aspect of our humanity – one where we can celebrate that which moves us, not dwell on what limits us. Expect surprises. One or many may lead. None or a few may follow and then decide to take the lead. This is a fluidity to break the mould of rigidity. Join us on this journey. Let us hold hands boldly and join voices transformatively. Prabha will be leading us. Feel free to join us.


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