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The Yellow Curtain

The curtain in my room is pale yellow, With unique embroidered golden leaves on it, My mother lived in this room for a little while, And unknowingly left a bit of her, for ever! She told me, she loved the curtain. Waking up at the first light of ruby dawn, When sky is mesmerizing with shades of vermilion, She used to gaze at the enthralling golden leaves, And ponder about every one she cherished in her life, Each enigmatic leaf reminded her Of each of her beloved ones. She prayed for them, With inimitable tenderness, whispering, Uttering each and every name, Each and every person precious in her life, And in the end, The names were countless! The Yellow Curtain still hangs there. May 23, 2020 FIRST PLACE - In Loving Memory Contest Sponsor: Regina Riddle FIRST PLACE "Mother" Poetry Contest Sponsor: Constance La France "The Throwback Challenge" Poetry Contest Sponsor: Natasha L. Scragg SECOND PLACE Featured Poem: April 12, 2021 I wrote this poem after my mother came to visit me in Canada, and stayed for a few months. I used to see her praying every morning, and one day she told me about the embroidered flowers on the curtain. This is the second poem I wrote in my life - the first one is "Dreams" (posted as first on Soup Page) - after I lost my mother, and knew she would never come back to that room. This was the beginning of my poetic journey. I realized, Poetry was my path.

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Date: 3/12/2022 2:43:00 PM
Dearest Mala, I was sure I had commented on this poem on this poem when I first read it as it is such a wonderful tribute to your mother and your memories. The metaphoric yellow curtain leaves a lasting, gentle reminder of the room, your mother and the passage of time. Congratulations on your win dear friend. Blessings and much love.
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Date: 3/12/2022 7:21:00 AM
Congratulations on your win. A beautiful story/write. Prayers and mothers go together. Have a great/blessed day..........
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Date: 3/12/2022 3:46:00 AM
Congrats! Thanks for sharing this. God bless you.
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Malabika Ray Choudhury
Date: 3/12/2022 7:18:00 AM
Thanks, Beata. This is a very special poem to me. Glad you enjoyed.
Date: 3/31/2021 8:11:00 AM
Mala, congratulations on your win in my Mother Challenge, your poem is so touching, well done _Constance
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Date: 3/31/2021 8:19:00 AM
Thanks, Constance. You choose great topics. BW ~ Mala
Date: 3/27/2021 3:08:00 AM
Love this Mala. It reminds me of the '.. golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God's people'... except your yellow curtains are infused from your mother... beautiful piece.
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Malabika Ray Choudhury
Date: 3/30/2021 6:01:00 PM
Thank you, Bob. So appreciate your thoughtful comments.~ Mala
Date: 3/26/2021 9:06:00 PM
This is precious and poignant.
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Malabika Ray Choudhury
Date: 3/30/2021 6:01:00 PM
Thank you, Jennifer. This poem is really special to me ~ Mala
Date: 3/12/2021 10:23:00 AM
Such a beautiful poem!! that could be my mother too!! Lovely.
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Malabika Ray Choudhury
Date: 3/13/2021 7:13:00 AM
Thanks so much, Krish. I can see your mother being as spiritual as my mother was!
Date: 3/12/2021 6:16:00 AM
I am amazed how you wrote such a lovely poem around such a simple thing like curtain .Truly a heartfelt poem.
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Date: 3/12/2021 8:39:00 AM
Thank you so much, Garima. My mother was very spiritual - her spirituality inspired the poem ~ Mala
Date: 3/9/2021 10:48:00 PM
So many sweet memories we carry watching trivia things. I am touched. Love.
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Malabika Ray Choudhury
Date: 3/10/2021 4:56:00 AM
Thank you, Anisha. I am touched with your inspiring words.
Date: 3/8/2021 2:38:00 PM
An incredible poem . THis is the kind of free verse I prefer, one that is uncomplicated yet meaningful. Great example for your contest,
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Malabika Ray Choudhury
Date: 3/8/2021 3:09:00 PM
Thanks so much, Andrea. This is my favourite poem - which is a real-life picture of my mother. Looking forward to receiving incredible poems for this contest ~ Mala
Date: 3/7/2021 8:04:00 PM
Back to say it a beautiful verse and great example, Malabika.
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Date: 3/8/2021 5:21:00 AM
Thank you, Eve. Looking forward to all the beautiful entries coming for the contest. Love ~ Mala
Date: 7/7/2020 10:02:00 AM
How beautifully you have penned simple emotions that still flow from that yellow curtain Mala. This is extremely beautiful. Congratulations on your win. Blessings and love :)
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Date: 7/5/2020 8:55:00 PM
Congratulations, wonderful way to associate a mother's memory ..yes simple things often carry complex thoughts, ..beautiful flow of simple words...we can feel the love
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Date: 7/6/2020 12:56:00 PM
Thank you so much, Debjani. Appreciate your thoughtful comments. Love, Mala
Date: 7/5/2020 8:51:00 PM
Malabika, congratulations on your win. Hugs Eve
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Date: 7/6/2020 12:55:00 PM
Thank you so much, Eve! Appreciate. Love, Mala
Date: 7/5/2020 3:46:00 PM
Congratulations on your top win dear friend. This is a masterpiece of the heart!
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Date: 7/6/2020 12:57:00 PM
Thanks so much, JCB. Your comments are kind and inspiring. Love, Mala
Date: 7/5/2020 3:17:00 PM
A true beauty you've written. Congrats on your 1 placement and best wishes and blessings sent your way. Love to you
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Date: 7/5/2020 3:41:00 PM
Thank you so much, Gina. I truly love this poem, and glad that you loved it too! Love and blessings, Mala
Date: 5/25/2020 5:51:00 AM
A beautiful and unique keepsake for your mother, the curtain and this poem. Enjoyed this. ~mo
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Malabika Ray Choudhury
Date: 5/25/2020 9:03:00 AM
Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my poem. Yes, this poem is very important for our family.
Date: 5/12/2020 6:27:00 AM
"The curtain still hangs there". Ahh yea, as well as the good old memories. This marvelous poem made me delved into sweet memories with my mother way back then. To my list of faves.
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Date: 5/12/2020 8:09:00 PM
Thank you, dear poet. Memories are precious! The kindness and spirituality of my mother always used to amaze me! This poem is a tribute to her.