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Between the Blooms

Srutimala Duara 1964 (Guwahati, Assam)



Between the Blooms


Dawn cracked and morning fluttered out
spreading its grey-blue wings.

The boy who lay on the footpath
by the garden fence of the mansion
stirred and hurriedly sat up
rubbing his eyes
The night queen that flowered under the dark sky
gazing at the boy through the fence all night
shut its petals and drooped

Broomstick in hand he walked to the tea stall
The day had begun

Cleaning the stall
washing kettle and cups
running between traffic carrying hot teacups
he forgot his own cup of tea

Between the bloom of the morning glory and the night queen
Little feet run and run to adulthood
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Srutimala Duara

Srutimala Duara is a writer and an academician from Assam, India. She has published 4 collections of poetry, 4 collections of short story, 2 novels, and travel book. She was awarded the “Naari Shakti Award” in April 2015; "Woman of the Year 2016" by International Human Rights Council (Assam Chapter) ; “Women Achievers' Award in Literature" by D. S. Creation, January 2019. Indian Women Achievers Award in Literature by Asian Literary Society in 2021. more…

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