AN ODE TO OUR DEAR­EST FRIENDS (Poem)

Woman's Era - - Contents - – Jayashree Anan­ta­pad­man­ab­han.

A re­u­nion so splen­didly me­morable With our friends so re­mark­ably adorable We had a ver­i­ta­bly rock­ing blast at “Rip­ples” That will eter­nally spray a peren­nial hap­pi­ness in trick­les

Our friends charm­ing as ever and peren­ni­ally wear­ing their glo­ri­ous hu­mourous hat On a T-shirts bril­liantly de­signed by our dear­est friends our re­spec­tive "houses" with a cute cat

Games that we played till the stroke of dawn With all our friends on Rip­ple's ver­dant lawn En­joyed the Ker­ala cul­tural shows With ta­lented artistes on their toes Thanks to our friend for gra­ciously co­or­di­nat­ing the en­chant­ing boa­tride With a flurry of ex­cite­ment and beam­ing laugh­ter on every side An un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence rak­ing up our child­hood mem­o­ries Wth nurs­ery rhymes and an­thak­shari over de­lec­ta­ble cur­ries Diligently framed by our dear friend her quiz With queries in­clud­ing peo­ple from show biz

All of us akin to a teenage lassie Full of spirit and ex­ot­i­cally sassy Drool­ing over break­fast and lunch We were in­deed a naughty spritely bunch In­fi­nite thanks to our dear friends for their ex­quis­ite hand crafted gifts Not to for­get their awe­some key­chain and choco­lates, sweets and hair clips

Of mes­sages, tem­ples and swim­ming pool On swings and ham­mocks we were quite cool A birth­day cake to com­mem­o­rate our mile­stone Our "youth­ful" dis­po­si­tion to toast, we were in­deed so prone Regaling all with "How we met our hubby” ses­sions In­clud­ing our friend’s health and well­nesss lessons Not for­get­ting our friends morn­ing yoga stint Surely, it did aid us to move around with a deer­like sprint!

Thanks to our dear friends for the beads se­lec­tion For our re­u­nion you all have been a bene­dic­tion Re­new­ing ties with our long lost friends, that helped ce­ment our old friend­ship Was the high­light too of this splen­did, mind -blow­ing trip Thanks to our friends for all help and the awe­some com­pan­ion­ship Thanks to them for be­ing won­der­ful room­mates and ex­tend­ing their hands of friend­ship En­joyed all of your com­pany, all of you so trendy Hats off to you all for be­ing su­perbly friendly! We missed all our dear­est friends who couldn't travel But in our minds, mem­o­ries of you did un­ravel Dear Philo we paused to rem­i­nisce Cer­tainly our mem­o­ries of her could never di­min­ish !

A get-to­gether greatly ful­fill­ing That lent a thrilling and sa­ti­ated feel­ing We ac­knowl­edge our grat­i­tude to all the ini­tia­tors, plan­ners and ex­ecu­tors of this meet It was in­deed a most me­morable and ec­static treat!

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