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Homeward Bound; sisterhood in London

By: Aishwarya Khale

About The Poem

The poem was inspired by the events which took place through out the lockdown. Living alone in a big city and in cramped apartments, alone, in quarantine bought back a lot of memories from childhood. Especially, the impact of friendship-sisterhood and the warmth it brings to the occupied mind. It is during these moments that we do realize the importance of relationships which one should be grateful for and cherish through forever. The trauma that a lot of us have been suppressing gave a way to the surface and needed to be thought about during the quarantine, may it be as little as thinking of a long lost sister from your hometown.

The Poem

Loud notifications, constant beeps; morning charade of scanning through,

her name blinks, on my Facebook page, a message request,

a formal two liner- “Visiting my aunt. Do you want to catch up?”.


Homeward bound; My childhood friend, an inconsequential sister by fate.

To the same school we went- parks, dance classes and salons too. Lockdown

medalled; pre-quarantine heart had craved for the big city rumble.


Twins, they said. Pink dresses, boy shorts, the outfits we exchanged.

None lingered or strayed. Off on the train, no heartfelt goodbye;

I loitered around on the platform. I had a long journey to the south.


A dilapidated milk farm to a London cafe- we meet, the curls sit on her face,

unsaid fierce monologues, bottled up, squeamish black squid ink.

Reminiscence; Of home, family, small town gossip and everything between.


Upright lid, half- open; yet an evergreen mirror of what is within. The waitress resolves,

anything for the two sisters? Coffee, we say, humming a tune.

Leaning on the edge of the table, we smile. “Black”, I say; “Chicory for me”.


I have fled thousand miles away from home, guarding rivers within,

severe look in her eyes, both waiting for our order, she speaks, echo of her old cry;

have you found a sister in the busiest of London streets?




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