say cheese

poets have been mysteriously silent
on the subject of cheese
a great man once wrote
hence my attempt to set
things right
for cabbages and kings
have been mentioned
in the same poetic line
why not cheese and the president
surely one eats the other
and which one that is
we can be quite certain of

matters of state
cannot be decided
on empty stomachs
and MacCheese was a favorite
with one president, it’s said

but an internet search
reveals far better types of cheese
brie, camembert, gruyere
i learnt of them in my French
lesson many years ago
and there’s goat cheese, i’ve heard
someone (famous) swear by it
and blue cheese
though it did not look
blue to me

if you asked me
(and in a way you have)
i’d say cottage cheese
is by far the best
and sweetest kind
so when you shop next
in the cheese aisle
do remember to pick
cottage cheese
aka paneer
and do a light
marinade and grill
nothing better
for worse, there’s always MacCheese

when it rains

the rain comes down in bunches and bursts

the trees are silent witnesses

the pond beyond receives it

gratefully and then swells

in fullness and pride

peacocks arrive

strut their wares




metanoia momma

she speaks to me

simple words

nothing earth-shattering

and a fog of anger

detaches from my mind

releases its clutches

through no effort

of mine

Woman Poet

Hi! I am Ermelinda (shortened to Linda) from India. This is going to be my first poetry marathon and I am excited to be here. In April, I successfully participated in the Poem-a-Day Challenge. I also worked on a separate thread for NaNoWriMo writing  poems on alphabetical prompts. I hope to be able to have 24 new poems at the end of the Marathon.

Several of my poems saw online publication over the past year and a few were published in anthologies, the most recent being The Kali Project /Indian Women’s Voices.

I have self-published two books of Christian women-centric poetry. My Amazon author page link is: