Contemporary Literary Review India | eISSN 2394-6075 | Vol 6, No 1: CLRI Feb 2019

Feneena S Mohamed

It is just our daughter's marriage

It is just our daughter’s marriage-

coming Sunday,

the boy is in the Gulf.

The groom, the father

and the mullah-

they join hands,

and seal the fate.

The mullah’s words

on matrimony,

drizzle on chicken fry

washed by mutton curry.

Dark chocolate and milky white

paired with just two

sovereigns of gold-

they flash through cracks of light;

you know

the oil fields have dried up.


The bride enters wide-eyed,

her brocade saree

splashed with hibiscus;

her rolls of jasmine white, visible

under the gaudy golden net;

the scent of her sister’s wedding.

She was paraded,

a gleam of gold

bought with mortgaged land-

an elephant decked for Pooram.

The hall booked with a relative’s money,

even the hall was decorated

with the best of flowers.

The boy is in the Gulf,

So, no problem.

It is just our daughter’s marriage.
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Feneena S Mohamedworks in the Department of English, Union Christian College, Alwaye. The poem is her attempt to convey the horror of the floods that rocked her small town, Aluva , on the banks of the river Periyar. Caught in an ugly political struggle, the old dam of Mullaperiyar raises issues of safety and security.

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