Posted in Free verse

129/2017: The Blessings of the Sister

When you arrive on this earth with a best friend waiting,
you become fearless, not from the strength of your will
but from the power of her love, belief and trust,
that is the power of an elder sister,
the pathfinder and wave-maker,
the one who bore the pain first,
opening paths and facing the unknown,
there to pull me forward, when I held back,
and push me back, when I rushed blindly,
for the gift of a sister, lies not in the warmth of her hand
but in the strength of her heart, in which she keeps those she cherishes.

© Manivillie Kanagasabapathy

AN: For my sister on the occasions of her Birthday.

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Posted in Free verse

56/2017: Lessons from my Mother (2): Friendship

She taught me to seek,
the ones who would hold
my past in their heart,
and wrap it with laughter,
while promising me,
with their eyes,
that they would remember me
in the future,
even if I was not there
to greet​ it with them.

They in turn
shared with me the
pieces of her heart,
she had left in their care
confident that even in
different bodies, they
would beat in sync
with the rhythm her song.

a tune growing and expanding
with music draw from souls
that protected and shielded
the power of her love,
a gift if legacy passed
down from the bonds of family
born and created to connect
past and future.

© Manivillie Kanagasabapathy

AN: For my mother’s friends, who never let us feel alone or forget her.

Posted in Limerick

Day 340: Enigma (Ajith)

Twenty wishes to manage all your contradictions,
like you winning at Risk, is still just a fiction.
Grown from golden arches to golden boy,
you are still a kid who is fun to annoy.
Don’t worry; we will let you keep your grand delusions.

© Manivillie Kanagasabapathy

AN: For my nephew, Ajith on the occasion of his 20th Birthday!

I met him when he was two, and his aunt became my sister-in-law. He was obsessed with McDonald’s as a kid, if he saw the golden arches, it was game over. So nowadays, I get my revenge on him in other ways – ways that are fun for me, as an aunt, and traumatizing for him as a teenager (not anymore I guess). Lesson here – Always be kind to your family.

It has been a real pleasure to watch him grow into a talented, sweet and smart young adult.I look forward to seeing how much further and farther he goes 🙂

Posted in Rhyming

Day 247: Josephine

In a small frame, comes a boundless curiosity,
and enough energy to lite every heart in a city.

She walks into your life with pizzazz and flair,
a sweet warrior, to whom, the world must be fair.

Her mother’s wisdom and her father’s nose,
she is more beautiful than a rose.

Her wandering mind does examine,
even those trusted words of Byron.

Playful she leads, asking you to follow,
As she gracefully dances like a willow.

When she shouts your name with abandon,
you know you are truly beaten.

For Josephine’s love is true,
and that is her greatest virtue.

© Manivillie Kanagasabapathy

AN: For my (sort of) God- Daughter Josephine, as she turns 5 today :). I love watching this bright girl grow up and being part of her life.

Posted in Limerick, Poem

Day 42: Sweet 16

Sixteen candles on a large birthday cake,
A hundred and one wishes with one breath to make.
Click and smile, now armed with a license,
Behind the wheel sits my little tyrant,
This is it, the beginning of our family’s headache.

© Manivillie Kanagasabapathy

AN: A fun gift for my niece, Ludshiya Shalini, on her birthday.