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Poetry by Kavya Janani. U
NaPoWriMo Day 20 – Please Describe How You Became a Writer

NaPoWriMo Day 20 – Please Describe How You Became a Writer

Please describe how you became a writer
(after Naomi Shihab Nye)

My classmates never bothered to look at the trees.
Even the teachers ignored them.
I kept asking them to look at how the branches traversed, like the maze puzzles we found in magazines.
I pleaded with them to admire the squirrels making love at the intersection of a peepal leaf.
I almost begged them to watch the bees pollinate the plumerias.
None of them listened.
They imitated me, called me names, and thought of me as a nudnik.
Nevertheless, they fuelled my rage.
I think I picked a pen right then.
Now I met some of them.
I noticed their eyes discreetly looking at the trees.
What I wrote was not a petition for them to look at the trees, it was a gory poem in which they were mass-murdered.
Now, everybody looks at the trees,
whether they meet me or not.
My words did what my voice couldn’t.

©Kavya Janani. U


If you love my poems, please consider purchasing a copy of my newly published poetry collection From The Land of Longing.

You can check out my other freeverse poems here: Freeverse Poems by Kavya Janani.

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