Fall 2012 • Vol. XXXIV No. 4 Patricia Grodd Poetry PrizeOctober 1, 2012 |

Rangoli

Runner-Up 2012 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers   If it weren't for the partition of unknown miles, my mother's mother might be kissing her now in the margin of her forehead and hairline. She wonders: who gave us the notion of growing up? Her heart lies mapped on her maiden front yard in India where her mother used to shower iridescent sand grains on the dirt-embellished ground, molding a life-size portrait of Ganesh or intricately patterned mandalas: Rangoli: an entity that voiced hope and wealth, like the stray dog her mom fed every evening after dinner, saying he could have been the son of Vishnu or Brahma and by eating the leftover scraps of bread, he was diffusing pearls of prosperity through her house and family. I kiss my mother's cheek, hoping to alleviate her aching heart from the remnants of green deserts—the now foreign land.

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Nandita Karambelkar lives in Charleston, South Carolina. She attends the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, studying evocative writing. She has won a gold medal in poetry for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

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