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ELEGY FOR A BROKEN MUG

 


ELEGY FOR A BROKEN MUG

-       Vinita Agrawal (India)

We met every morning

over sips of light

 

You were glossy blue when clean

wafting steam when filled with Darjeeling

 

We met again at four in the afternoon

my fingers curling around you in gratitude

 

You offered replenishment

I offered my thirst.

 

One day you slipped from my hands

your wholesome warmth in shards on the floor

 

a shattered ‘me-time-tea-time’

a bond broken, a thirst betrayed

 

I wanted to gather you in my arms

the way I’d want to hug a loyal friend who’s gone

 

But somethings one must let go of - 

a setting Sun, a ticking moment, a splintered mug.

 

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