Tuesday 1 January 2013


Paper Moon, Paper Moon,
Wishes made of these:

'I will see you in the trees,' he croons,
'And in every breeze.

I will see you when the lotus blooms 
And even at her death -

For you will never die,' he says,
'As long as I have breath.'

With two brothers close in age married and settled into the rhythm of loving and being loved, it is inevitable that I get asked about my 'status'. For example, at the hairdressers yesterday, very succinctly: 'Single? Married? Single-ah? Ah, single.' I suppose I ought to be flattered that people think there is some possibility that I may be dusted off the shelf someday.
While the moon gets to work on possibilities, I listen to the koyal crooning afternoon love songs, and measure the full weight of my contented heart...
Dad has found ways to connect with his grandson involving food, high fives and a shared fascination with the white stick, while I have found ways to touch starfish and place my hand fearlessly in an alligator's mouth...

I enjoy the wonder of spending time with women I love... the pomes and poems of my life...

So the Paper Moon can search for me. Or not. Either way, it is a Happy New Year's Day for me :) And I wish the same for you.


Sherry Blue Sky said...

Lovely Shaista, you are so beautiful, radiant and loving. Yes, you are surrounded by love, in your marvellous family. I am astounded the prince has not found you yet. But he will. Meanwhile, isnt it amazing to watch that beautiful little boy growing and discovering the world? He must be astounded at Aunty Shaista, putting her hand in the croc's mouth - which looks, by the way, much too close to his tender baby knees! Happy New Year, kiddo, to you and your glorious family. Tell your dad Sherry Blue Sky says hi!

Marcoantonio Arellano (Nene) said...

Shaista, you are one of the brightest stars in my sky.

Wish you to have a stellar new year, mi amiga

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

This is such a lovely post...filled with family and promise...may all of our days be filled with good health and JOY! Peace, Living with the white wolf....Mary helen Fernandez Stewart

steven said...

i admire strong women shaista! strong people to be more open . . . i wish you a peaceful and love-filled new year. steven

Nose_in_a_book said...

Happy New Year, Shaista. I hope you have a year filled with peace and love.

Unknown said...

Love this post! All the best, hope you and your family have a wonderful 2013!

Please do check out my blog, still really new to all of this!

Jeanne-ming Brantingham said...

Beautiful lady, get ready....that prince is making his way to you.

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