Evil eye


Dry red chillies thrown on a pyre
Watch out, there roams an ‘evil eyer’
A baby cries, its finger caught on an errant thread
More chillies perish, acrid smoke spreads

An old woman, bent and wrinkled
sadly turns to go
The thread breaks, the baby smiles
Chillies have burnt the envious eyes.

©Reena Prasad 20th Sept 2012

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