NaPoWriMo Day 20:

Today, in gratitude for making it to Day 20, our (optional) prompt asks you to write a poem about a handmade or homemade gift that you have received. It could be a friendship bracelet made for you by a grade-school classmate, an itchy sweater from your Aunt Louisa, a plateful of cinnamon toast from your grandmother, a mix-tape from an old girlfriend. And whatever gift you choose, we wish you happy writing!


A repertoire of love


Some crumbs of paper with amateurish art,

They might seem to a pair of foreign eyes

But a reflection of affection I see in these

‘My repertoire of love’ I fondly call them



I’ve been collating these as keepsake

For loving moments they enfold

And amassing a Pandora’s box,

A wealth to be treasured when I grow old



You must be conjecturing, what is it I’m babbling

Well, these are a bunch of cards designed tenderly by my kids

For Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthday and all special occasions

Every year since they understood that love should be reciprocated



A timeline of their growth, clearly tabulated

With a card for each year, revealing their maturity

How expression of their love, they articulated in verses

And how the artist in them has evolved in stages



A card dabbed with glitter, another laced in studs

One modelled with trendy stickers, one gleaming with my picture

Flowers quilled in paper and hearts of origami

‘My repertoire of love’ has seized their childhood memories


                                                                                    ©Vandana Bhasin