It is time

before her on the coffee table
lay three objects
a pen, a pocket book and a blade

the pen was black
with nine inlaid mother of pearl daisies
strewn randomly
from top to down
it was a gift from thirty six years ago
along with the pocket book '
covered with a brown leather jacket
'To the most special person in my life,
follow your dreams'. Note on page one.

the paper knife was silver
a flat blade
dull and worn
the handle an elephant head
it was a gift 'to the most special person; my all'
hand delivered by his lawyer to their 'special place'
her studio apartment.
the estate and investments went to his wife.

she picked up her pen
and opened the book

'I am old' she wrote
and then
'I am alone'
and underlined it twice
her bracelets clinking joyfully.

© 2015 Padmavani Karkera

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