You tethered us with silken threads,
wove our lives into a tapestry,
a mosaic of memories
you wrapped around continents,
the girth of the earth,
as if time and distance were irrelevant.
Take us back to the beginning.
Give us faith in sheets of monsoon rain,
between claps of thunder,
under doubts that fill ponds and swell rivers.
Give us peace in gentle rain
between folds of petals,
under blades of grass.
May we always hear you calling,
clear above the sparrow’s breathing
and our heart’s plaintive longing.
in India, Lalita Noronha earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology,
and is research scientist, writer, poet and science
teacher in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. Her literary
work has been widely published (Baltimore Sun, Crab
Orchard Review, Catholic Digest, The Christian Science
Monitor, “Get Well Wishes” (Harper Collins,)
“2001: A Science Poetry Anthology” (Anamnesis
Press,) among many others.) She has received the
Maryland Literary Arts Award for Short Story twice,
a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist
award in fiction, City Paper, and the National League
of American Pen Women. She is a fiction editor for
The Baltimore Review and the author of a short story
collection, “Where Monsoons Cry” (Black
Words Press, 2004) Her website is Lalitaonline.com