Tuesday, March 1, 2011

bring a picture of yours

Image Courtesy: Tess Kincaid

dear daddy

sr.ursula took us out last week
mr.wilson invited class 5(my class)
for a picnic in his garden
we sat on white benches and
had sandwiches and lemonade

i stole the placemat
hid it in my pinafore
the lemons reminded me of you
maybe because sister tells me
you are now on garden duty

when i got back to the convent
i cut it up into four pieces
gave a piece each to meena, emily and pearl
my good deed for the day
and i am sending mine to you

because sr.ursula says
giving somebody something that you love
means you love them more
i hope i can see you soon
and please bring a picture of yours

i will keep your picture in my book
and then when i think of you
i will not have to look out of the
window at the lemon trees
don't forget, bring your picture along

i wish i could visit you
mother superior wont let me, she says
prison is no place for young ladies
but i am just 8
would you call me a young lady

love and kisses
your loving daughter

© 2011 Padmavani Karkera

I wrote this poem(if you can call it that) in response to the image prompt provided by Tess Kincaid on her blog Magpie Tales I am also presenting this at www.onestoppoetry.com for their One Shot Wednesday. I look forward to your feedback as always. Thank you!


  1. I really like this take on the prompt from the child's point of view. Well done.

  2. If not the most gorgeous poem I've ever read. Absolutely beautiful and stunning...

  3. I adore writing in the form of correspondence. This is so charming. Well done.

  4. What a sweet poem! I really like how it's in the form of a letter told from the child's point of view. And I like the reveal towards the end--I certainly didn't see the father's imprisonment coming. Nice job!

  5. i will keep your picture in my book
    and then when i think of you
    i will not have to look out of the
    window at the lemon trees

    very well written...you caught me totally off guard with the mention of prison and when i read it a second time i realized the importance of 'garden duty'...Good writing through the eyes of a child!

  6. Another excellent use of the imagination with this (to me) difficult picture. Very well done, simple and understated, clear with a child's unquestioning love.

  7. What a different take on this picture! I think your poem is brilliant on so many different levels. Great work as always!

  8. Poignant piece... love the innocence, yet lost innocence of one writing to a father in prison... great mag response.

  9. Oh my God.. what a moving poem, Padma!! Beautiful.. and so sad...
    The innocence of this 8-yr old "lady" just rendered me speechless!
    How beautifully you have written her mind's words here, my friend...
    Hats off to you!! I hope her dad is a good man, and I hope he gets out of prison soon...

  10. Thank you all for visiting and being so generous with your praise :)

  11. very powerful imagery.

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    Happy Monday!

  12. Dear P,

    I enjoyed the standard 5th "lady" speaking here! Very vividly descriptive from a child's mindset :)

    sending her huge wishes
    Lovely magpie


  13. keep it up.

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