Under Teen

a poem by Jayati

Ice creams, chocolate
Nuts chips cold drinks
Taste better than homemade
Fish rice ‘dal’ veggies.
Dig in moms bag
Dress in pink
Wear lipstick hers
And hairclips.
Non-stop T.V. cartoons
Cut papers scissors
Into bits, weird shapes.
Enjoy P.T., tell tales
To save her face
From canes.
Computer paintings,
Quarrel now and then
With classmates
Over rubber, pencil pen.
Chat at school gate
School bus last seats
Loud karaoke sessions
Win in competitions.
Buy colourful displays
Marble, crepe papers, adventure story;
All these, I like many times more
Than maths tedious studies and prepare for Examinations.