TRAVEL LORE

Open fields flash by, green and brown,
Soft streams go trickling by, small and big.
Dusty roads leading to homes, distant and near,
Blue skies canopy with clouds, white and grey!

Wayside stations flash by in haste with yellow boards,
Farmers and workers go about their daily chores,
Highways whisk by with green and white signboards,
Cocooned in cool comfort, I watch, as grime seeps from my soul!

Bubbled in my seat, I traverse from one place to another,
Paused in my busy routine, I take time to lay hold.
Free from my gadgets, I watch the window scenes
I tryst with rest as I take in the vast gleam!

Between burdens, I rejoice in small things,
His gift I feel, for it restores my strength.
Communing with Him through His nature artwork,
I bow my head in worship, taking heart to face another day!

*Written on my travel back by train from visiting my mother in a city down south!

Mani Mini Money

Mani made the last deposit for his Mini.  He had patiently painstakingly saved for a long time.

The salesman, smilingly rang up the deal and handed him the keys. He climbed in, turned the ignition, put it in gear and drove off.

Entering his village, in a cloud of dust, with children ran alongside crying, “Its Mani Anna, its Mani Anna!”, he drove home.

His Mom peered out amazed, wiping her hands in her seelai. His sister, her pavadai tucked up thoodapam in hand, stood open-mouthed. His father, in muddied dhothi and sweaty bare-chest, smiled proudly.

For Mani, it was worth the money.

#There is a play on the word MANI, sound and meaning. In Indian languages, it can denote bell or its sound, a jewel or beauty, a name meaning ‘a sound guy/girl’ or ‘gem of a person’, or time and Mani sounds like money. I have used all of these meanings and sounds in my writing!
#In Tamil language, Anna, seelai, pavadai & thodapam mean big/elder brother, saree, long skirt & broom respectively and I have tried to portray a village scene!
*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc.,  expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful photo prompt © Kent Bonham