Waiting on a spring afternoon for my stray kitty to come around for her lunch. I wonder lazily about this and that, while watching the sweeper wash the dusty courtyard. He makes rainbows with the arching water spraying from the hose. The little pink and white flowers drape the wall, which borders our neighbor’s, what a lovely border.
Stillness is soothing. Sitting quietly listening to the birds, the wind whistling in the trees, the distant traffic…rejuvenates. I can’t be with people all the time, though I enjoy the company of others. I need to be with myself, alone and quiet for just a little while at least. It brings me back to myself. Which is why I like the calmness of late afternoons or the half an hour before I finally doze off. At times like these, I want to wear a T-shirt, which reads, Out of Action for Repairs.
I think, Cupid shuts his eyes when he shoots his arrows to avoid responsibility and hence possibly curses. We must be fools to take life-altering decisions based on Cupid’s shooting practice. Bah! Sour grapes squirts!
Its actually beautiful to see couples in love...makes me smile. Instances: My brother helping his heavily pregnant wife down the stairs, holding her by her little finger; making a cup of Horlicks for her; forcing her to inhale vicks-vapours when she is ill. Insiya’s husband teaching her how to enjoy cartoons; mixing a tape of her favourite songs; allowing her to be herself and getting laser bleaching for her teeth. My mother blushing even after so many years of marriage, Mashallah! Dad, cooking up some delicious concoction while Mum’s watching her favourite serials on TV. The list can go on forever, God bless all the lovers in the world and keep them together, lusting and loving each other.
Its lunchtime: sort of hectic for we have a guest staying with us. Dishes and People going to and fro from the kitchen to the dining room and in midst of this rush hour, Kitty comes calling and she demands to be fed, now!
Kitty raises her head,
only a woman with a pail of water
goes back to nibbling fish.
Her sharp canine catches my eye
She comes back for more later.