They say, kindness comes from the heart But hunger pierces a man the most My mother always said, So learn to soothe that hunger those incessant wanting, those innumerable desires. Those that sits precariously between the soft folds of our soul That jagged hunger which only can be satiated by those deft supple wrinkled hands coated with the flour and oil kneading the dough in the warm summer afternoon soaked by the apricity of the sun. What is the definition of happiness? There are many yet none. A belly stuffed with the desire to be fed an ambrosial meal by the loved ones A lingering need that clings to our soft parts thick as greed waiting to grow, wanting to heal. Those moments pitted with joys, Those moments pregnant with the proximity of the loved ones brimming with passion soaked with the unending desires acts like a tourniquet for our bleeding self. As we gather around the whistling teapot surrounded by the verdant greens of the Gaia embellished with the soft pockets of clouds floating carelessly on a warm summer afternoon suffused with healing and nostalgia in equal measures Those precious moments when the air is suffused with the aroma of warm freshly cooked home meal douse the desires in your belly and syncopates with the mellifluous melody of the long-lost tunes. What more could a heart want? Than to be around the kitchen table a sole witness of our contentment and wanting; for times unknown, Where every grain of the wood is ingrained with the little joys and nostalgia of life lived to the brim stripped of its loneliness, brimming with unmeasurable elation Of being together as one family kneaded like a lump of dough as a dollop of the milky white moon; Waiting to rise out of warmth, Together.
Megha Sood is an Award-winning Asian American Poet, Editor, Author, Literary Activist from New Jersey, USA. Recipient of 2021 Poet Fellowship from MVICW ( Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creating Writing) and a National Level Winner for the 2020 Poetry Matters Project. Recipient of “Certificate of Excellence” from Mayor, Jersey City. Associate Poetry Editor Literary Journals Mookychick(UK), Life and Legends (USA), and Literary Partner with “Life in Quarantine”, Stanford University. Author of Chapbook ( “My Body is Not an Apology”, Finishing Line Press, 2021) and Full Length (“My Body Lives Like a Threat”, FlowerSongPress,2021). She blogs at https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/ and tweets at @meghasood16.