// jhumke //
my mom always tells me,
that a pair of Jhumke, can make any girl look pretty.
and so i keep collecting them.
and it's not like it's not true;
i've seen that whenever i wear them,
it looks like they add a soul to my empty ears
and the dangling designs, reflect a jolly me.
i've seen that things that come in pair,
always add beauty in this a little dull world.
the wings of a butterfly,
two rivers joining to form a part of the sea,
oysters making a clam to hold a pearl,
a pair of Jhumke,
your grey eyes.
two humans in love.
and so in every earring that i buy,
i wonder if you'd like me in them.
the pair of earrings showing
that i want us to be that.
one cannot be without the other,
and i'd see people admiring us,
like we just belong where we are,
and make things even more beautiful.
but today, i lost one of my first ever earrings
i had bought when i thought about you.
the first pair of Jhumke
wearing which i wondered
if we could ever be together like that,
like souls that would be lost without the other,
like the ones who would look odd when we're alone,
like one isn't enough to beautify the world,
like one is just thrown away when we lose the other,
and how it would be useless,
to wear it alone.
but i realise,
that maybe it doesn't look so bad.
the lone earring has the same design
but wearing it would make it unique.
maybe i could wear a different one
in the other ear,
reminding myself that i don't need the same pair
to make my ears look beautiful,
that another lost earring
could match the prettiness
and maybe even add more grace
to the lonely piece.
so that it isn't lost.
so that it isn't broken into pieces.
so that it isn't discarded away.
so that it doesn't feel useless.
and so, i try to wear different Jhumke.
other lost ones and find my beauty.
maybe it's time to just let go
of something's that not coming back.
and i tell my mom,
that you don't need the same pair of jhumke,
to make a girl look pretty. .
~ Nidhi Kulkarni