The Look


Two or three times a year I make trips to Chennai to be with my parents for a few weeks. My mother is 85 years old. I notice every shade of emotion that runs along her wrinkles as she narrates incidents from her childhood days . . . and I do notice the mischievous sparkle in her eyes that tells me she remembers the number of times she has repeated these stories to me.


the nemesis
of growing old –
looking everywhere
for my glasses
but in the mirror




(“the nemesis” first published in Ribbons, winter 2015

19 Responses

  1. Mojde Says:


    a far sight…
    an autobiography of a mother
    a biography of a daughter
    to be remembered

  2. kalaramesh Says:

    Thank you.
    Thank you so much for your beautiful comment

  3. Magyar Says:

    ___ Heartful and memorable, Kala; my parallel… I often find my own glasses… in the mirror. _m

  4. kalaramesh Says:

    Ho hoho! Magyar
    Happy you could relate to this :))

  5. Purushothama rao Ravel Says:

    Every incident related to mother spins sweetness. Nostalgic one indeed..

  6. kalaramesh Says:

    Ha! Ravela,
    Thanks a tonne, for taking the time to comment about this piece.
    Happy you liked it so much.

  7. Annette Says:

    Wonderful. I love the multiple meanings of "The Look."

  8. kalaramesh Says:

    True. _()_

    So happy to note that 'the look' did get across
    ^_^ ^_^

  9. Sheila Sondik Says:

    What a beautiful piece—full of empathy, love, and fond amusement.

  10. kalaramesh Says:

    I'm so very happy you like this tanka prose, Sheila.

  11. Marie Shimane Says:

    Ah, it does everything!

  12. kalaramesh Says:

    Thanks a ton, Marie _()_

  13. donnafleischer Says:

    Growing old is yet one more journey and I choose your gifted haibun as a companion. Thank you, Kala. Warm regards, Donna

  14. kalaramesh Says:

    Thanks so much, Donna. Happy you could relate to it so well. . . what you say is so true.

  15. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Lovely, Kala – fondness and humour.

    I usually find my glasses on my head! :)


  16. kalaramesh Says:

    Ha haha!
    Common occurrence!
    Thanks, Marion

  17. aniketnikhade Says:

    Absolutely interesting and also sublte in it's way of telling everything. The best thing is it never loses focus and attention towards what's the cause. Also there is a sense of humour in it. An interesting way of telling things.

  18. kalaramesh Says:

    Thanks, Aniket Nikhade.
    Truly happy you liked this tanka prose.
    Deeply touched

  19. marykendall Says:

    Dear Kala, I love the story in this and your humor. I have certainly been in that position with my glasses too. Growing older is something we need to temper with humor and reflection as you've done so well here. Lovely!

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