UNDER THE CHERRY BLOSSOM

Gentle breeze brush the blush tint of petals away from my face

Whilst I peeped from behind to find warm brown eyes greeting me

that eternal lingering fuzzy feeling lasts when you shyly look away

I prettied myself, neck adorned with lace

As I flicked through that worn out diary, out of curiosity

Your loving glance, a sigh escapes me

Tenderly, I reached out only to catch falling cherry blossoms

First springs of the month, the sky doused in love splashed with hued pink

The cackle of geese, the babble of relentless joy once hushed come the sedentary winters

Now in full bloom like the cherry blossoms in their own merry and gay has said to intertwine lover’s fate

Blessed be they who catch the first spring petals believing with their heart’s content

The sun dips low the artist changes palette

Wondering how lonesome  the night would feel  when all in deep slumber

As I take my time to proceed I make no haste

I flick open the cap and pour my soju as I disguise my distaste of the stinging taste

It douses a fire I convince myself as my Id overpowers my ego

Night after night the streetlamp flickers but I always seem to search for those bright eyes

In the dead of the night what madness one must wonder but I am relentless

The hush of the trees and the whispering breeze gives me company

As the night starts to get chilly I wrap my comforter tightly

Hurrying home, wistfully thinking if only I could cajole you into accompanying me

Wrapped in my arms caressing you tenderly, drifting to sleep  the lullaby of sweet melody

Amidst the chaotic mornings, your hungry eyes still find mine ever awaiting eagerly

Day after day my clouded thoughts jumbled with the yearning for you fuels my growing impatience

My perseverance grows thin as I flip through my worn out diary

Under the cherry blossom tree

I cannot reach out, nor touch thee

Not until I could take you home, your beseeching eyes call to me

One melancholic morning you come bounding on all four

I stroke you lovingly digging my fingers in your soft coat as I smell deeply your puppy scent

It fills my nose as I shower you with kisses and bounce you happily

Taking one last look at the cherry blossoms we sway lightly and tread softly

Back home.

ANOUSHKA MUKHERJI

The poem wishes to express the heartfelt bonding between a woman and a dog who have just met. Coincidentally both of them are suffering from bouts of loneliness and thus keep each other company thereby developing a beautiful relationship. This poem conveys how human interactions are not always necessary for curing loneliness through companionship. The woman at first doubts and hesitates if she will be able to take proper responsibility for the dog and delays making a decision. Nevertheless, we see her bravely forgoing all her unnecessary dilemmas and finally taking the dog back home with her.