Caught unaware
by Vijaya Gowrisankar

The office was abuzz with enthusiasm,
as the one-day picnic to Kovalam beach
dawned closer.

The golden beach, gray clouds with
peeking sun welcomed us, just a week
away from monsoons.

Playing cricket, catching disc, building
sandcastles and relaxing was the agenda,
in small groups.

The tempting waves, urging to get the feet
wet, was hard to resist and a few of us
ventured out.

Our giggles filled the air, just dipping
till our waist, linking our hands, and
going in deeper.

I was caught unaware of when the tides
changed, my friends pushed my body and
head into the water.

The salt water found its way into my ears
and nose, my spectacles swam away in search
of hidden pearls.

I finally came up, spluttering and coughing,
after a futile search of my spectacles, with
a feeble smile of acceptance.

It was an enjoyable picnic, tinged with
a nagging headache, with my eyes straining
in the absence of its support.

PHOTO: Kovalam beach, Kerala, India.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: We went to the Kovalam beach near Chennai from our office, just a week before the tsunami hit Chennai in 2004. We were all glad that we had not gone to the beach during the peak of the monsoons.


Vijaya Gowrisankar released her second book of poems Reflect in December 2015. Her first book, Inspire, published in December 2014, reached bestseller status. She was announced as one of the winners of Inspire by Gandhi competition, organized by Sampad, a UK organization. She has been announced as the Winner of AZsacra International Poetry Award (Dec. 2015). Her submissions have been published in Forwardian, Triadae Magazine, iWrite India, Taj Mahal Review, along with Silver Birch Press.