Hiraeth – Gayatri Lakhiani Chawla

That summer we left our childhood behind

in the darkling mango orchard,

before we knew it

the julienne carrots and turnips

left to sour and pickle

in the scorching sun,

before we knew it

grasping the stone-fruit in our fists

as if the sky had fallen

the lightening felling our wrists

leaving our chappals in the yard,

the porch lights switched on

awaiting our quiet return

we walked away,

before we knew it.



Gayatri Lakhiani Chawla is a published poet, freelancer and French teacher from Bombay. Her poems have been published in International anthologies and journals. Her poem Anagram won the 2013 Commendation Prize at The All India Poetry Competition, New Delhi. She was a featured writer for Wordweavers Poetry Contest 2015/16. She is the author of book of poems, Invisible Eye.

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