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Monday, December 1, 2014

Of knots, stains and winter



Have you ever unfolded a sweater?
To rub your hand on it
To sniff the lingering scent of mothballs
And to touch the memories its yarn has

I do, I do it often
With my red sweater
It has many knots that I cherish
Many stains that never faded with time

When I am overwhelmed, I wear it
Thinking - it will rewind time
To that winter afternoon
When he spilled ginger chai on it

I caress the knots and contemplate
How we two were going through the same phase
Poor thing was once stuck in a broken window
Like my heart was stuck in him

Have you ever loved a sweater so much?
To wear it for years together
To feel him in it
And never give it away

Ah, winter!
I sew many memories in you
Ah, winter!
I sew many memories with you

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92 comments:

  1. So many memories attached with the sweater! Lovely writing Saru:)

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  2. so touching and poignant. it reminded me of a small video I saw many months back where a man wears a red unfinished sweater everyday while commuting. That was very touching too :)

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    1. I have to see this video now. Thanks for reading Ankita! :)

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  3. Wow ... i mean just wow ... m speechless.

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    1. Thank you, thank you!

      *Beaming with pride* :)

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  4. Wow, so touching, so beautifully expressed. Brilliant, Saru!

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  5. I sew so many memories too, dear winter...
    Thanks for bringing back those memories Saru :)

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  6. Winters are always full with special memories :)

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  7. So beautiful. I love to take a whiff off a sweater. I actually love wearing my husband's jackets and sweaters. The faint smell of him in them is so beautiful. Loved this post, Saru.

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  8. Lovely little poem that was. And yes, I do have keepsake sweater to smell those good old times. Get these published, Saru! :-)

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    1. You too, are they precious with all those memories. Thanks for a beautiful comment, Rekha.

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  9. Simply beautiful Saru. Years pass, but the memories linger.

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  10. This reminded me of my mother's sweater. :)
    Great lines.

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  11. Amazing how you knit so many emotions around a sweater.

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    1. Thanks Alka, coming from you it's a huge compliment.

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  12. Such warm feelings, Saru :)
    Indeed yes! We have our favorite sweater :)

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  13. When I am overwhelmed, I wear it
    Thinking - it will rewind time
    To that winter afternoon
    When he spilled ginger chai on
    very Real and full of emotions .

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  14. Saru, you are so gifted. Have missed reading you. Have been out of Blogging for a long bit. Not getting the time.

    http://travellerscompass.blogspot.in
    http://craftmontage.blogspot.in

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  15. SIMPLE and sublime gloved together tenderly!

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  16. On your blog after so long and nothing like reading these soothing lines <3

    love
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  17. I never thought we could write so deeply about a thing like sweater! Wah Wah....

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  18. So many memories are attached with an old sweater...igniting the nostalgia..wonderfully penned Saru.. :-)

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  19. Romance is surely in the ginger chai, the air and the sweater and not to forget in your writing too. Cheers to the red sweater.

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    1. That's really sweet of you. I am smiling after reading your comment. Thank you :)

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  20. last lines are superb, wonderful writing again

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  21. We do get attached to old things which associate with beautiful memories !

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  22. Love in its purest form is what I felt,when I read this :)
    Beautiful post:)

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  23. Beautifully done Saru :). Could totally visualize her holding the sweater and thinking about their love and the times well spent :D.

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  24. Some Memories don't fade ...Saru, nice.

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  25. The beauty of describing daily lives and small things in a poem! I don't necessarily relate with the knots but "some stains that never faded with time" is just brilliant :).
    BTW, I would enjoy winters too if there wasn't so much snow in NH !

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    1. Call me crazy, I love winter. May be, as I am Himachali and cold is a part of my life.

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  26. Ah, winter! I sew many memories in you. Very true! A nice poem that kindles some old memories. I still have my blue sweater more than 15 years with fond memories.

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    1. Such things are no less than priced possessions. Thanks for reading.

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  27. This was so good. The memories...how they get attached with the most mundane of things. This somehow reminded me of my grandmother who knitted all my sweaters while I was a kid. I still have them.

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    1. You too. I just love my things which have memories.

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  28. This is so beautiful with such nostalgic aromas of past. My grandmother used to make sweaters for us with her own hands using needles... remembering her as I read this poem.

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  29. Nice pos. It is brining back memories of my visiting my grandma.

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  30. Very nice. I too have one such sweater.

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  31. Thank You Saru for reminding memories of sweater..Let's decide in this winter to provide sweater who can not afford it..

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  32. This is beautiful! :)

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    1. Thanks Harsha and welcome back. You were missed.

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  33. सारू जी, स्वेटर का महत्व, जाड़े का सीजन एस बारे मे पढ़ा तो सुबह 4 बजे नागपुर के रेल्वे स्टेशन के प्लॅटफॉर्म पर ठंड से कूड़कुदाते लोग नज़रों के सामने आ गये. सारू जी, घटना को 10 साल से भी ज़्यादा हो गये लेकिन अभी भी ऐसा लगता है की काश, किसी दिन मेरे पास इतना हो की इस धरती पर एक भी इंसान स्वेटर, रज़ाई के अभाव मे ठंड से इतना न कूदाकुड़ाए इतना कुछ कर सकु! खैर, बहुत सुंदर प्रस्तुति .

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    1. Sahi kahan aapne. Kaash aisha ho. Padne ke liye shukriya.

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  34. This is a perfect winter poem

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