A Good Deal by Sunayna Pal






A Good Deal

I don't like empty vases populating my tiny house
but after uploading my listing of the car
I came across a blue Ming vase.
Not with its usual angry dragons
or homes that don’t tell a story
but lotus buds in white
over a base of soft cobalt
and meandering leafy stems
interspersed with occasional ears of millet
between bands of upright and pendent trefoils,
covered overall in a thick unctuous glaze.
I was sold. I sent an offer
which was accepted
in eleven minutes
and I found myself
in the car driving
the sixteen miles.
It came with a spider
who didn't respect vases.

Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Sunayna Pal happily resides in Maryland with her husband, children, plants, and an invincible goldfish. Holding degrees from XLRI and Annamalai University, Sunayna’s poetry is published extensively in international journals and anthologies, and she enjoys working as the Director of The Poetry Academy. She is also devoted to the practice of Heartfulness meditation. Find more on her at sunaynapal.com.

Image: “ALONE LOTUS” from Sanjibkrbasak under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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