Apothecary

she is an apothecary
in the mordern day
weighing and mixing herbs
recommending manufactured medicines
checking blood pressure and temperature
assisting in home birth

she is
a business woman
a chemist
a homeopath
a nutritionist
a midwife

the village people
warmly call her
Doc
she is the only one
in this remote area
surrounded by
bamboo bush and pandas

Childhood memory

my memory of school holidays
are of the farm life

the rooster crowed at daybreak on roof top
careless with the chimney smoke

the forest green tea plantations
dazzled in the spring rain

early summer crickets sang
amidst the bamboo bushes

village children’s twinkling eyes
fixed on pebble stones roast chestnuts

burning charcoals snuggled in the terracotta bowl
covered by a hand knitted bamboo basket

the card games and craft
under the kerosene lamps

firewood smoke and wet soil smells
connected me to my childhood
through the time tunnel
decorated with fireflies