Daily Prompt : Extravagant

In response to one-word prompt : Extravagant

Imagine me a penniless student,

Visiting the  pricey Harrods shop.

This is a store  where the queen shops,

I went in and quietly walked in soft steps.

I noticed a huge sign, I stepped forward,

The sign was large and each letter were flashing, ‘SALE.’

I felt at ease, perhaps, I can buy something here.

I overheard two rich women who stopped by and

Exclaim, ‘This is on sale? I think even for us

This  is terribly “EXTRAVAGANT!”

‘Even for you,’ I softly replied.

The way they looked at me it felt as if,

Their large eyes were ready to grab my tongue!

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Daily Prompt : Proclivity

In response to one-word Prompt  :  Proclivity

I have a proclivity to watch children whom I teach,

One thing I noticed they  have their likes and dislikes.

One year I noticed a girl assigned to me hated school,

I told the principal, ‘I think I’ll have problems with her.”

He looked at me in awe,  ‘but you didn’t start teaching yet,’

‘I know,’ I said,  ‘my sixth sense alerts me she’d give me trouble.’

He advised me to see her parents, he said,  ‘they will cooperate.’

I saw the parents, talked to them, they smiled and looked at each other.

This is what they said, ‘We are surprised, because it’s true,

she really hates school!’

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Daily Prompt : Relate

In response to one-word prompt: Relate

Several years ago I met Mini in the university Of Dhaka. I heard from other girls she finished  her undergraduate degree from Calcutta University now they renamed the city to  Kolkata.

I used to observe her  from a distance, I found out she was  a daughter of wealthy parents, therefore money was not a problem for her. I was not as blessed as her, because my Dad passed away when I just turned twelve.

Mini was also pursuing her post graduate degree in History, she was in my class but I had no interaction with her.

One day on my way to the Public Library she insisted to come along with me. I was so surprised I asked, ‘Do you really want to go with me?’

She said, ‘I want to see the library and  borrow some books.’

The Library was across the street from our residence, it hardly took five minutes to get there.

We went in got our seats, I was about to get up to find a book to take notes, she stopped me, ‘wait, ‘  she said,  ‘I want to ask something.’

It was another moment of surprise for me, I looked at her and she said,   ‘why did you not tell me Haseena is very selfish.’

I told her, ‘I had no reason to.’

She then turned around and replied, ‘I asked Haseena, why is this girl so conceited?’

Inwardly I thought WOW!  This one makes up her mind pretty quickly.

I asked, ‘You don’t know me why would you think I’m conceited?’

Her reply,    ‘because you  are always so quiet.’

I let her know then I’m not so outgoing it takes me a while to warm up to a stranger.

After our discussion on that day we became very good friends.

I wanted to relate how Mini And I became friends!

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Daily Prompt : Sludge

In response to one-word prompt : Sludge

I watched in horror the kid playing with sludge,

His clothes were dirty and his face looked like fudge.

I said, ‘I think your mom will take you to task,

For allowing yourself to wear this weird mask.’

‘No miss, he interrupted, she’s used to see,

My face  covered with muck oozing out of me.’

‘Really, I said, your mom seems to have good humor,

I’m not sure I’d enjoy looking at my kid’s face  and check my temper!’

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Daily Prompt : Gingerly

In response to one-word prompt : Gingerly

Gingerly I was walking to school that day,

Not knowing who I would meet will say.

How long have you been in this snowy town?

I looked up  and saw a woman with a frown.

Cautiously I replied with a hesitant smile,

‘My dear believe it or not it’s been a while,

But I cannot get used to the icy roads of winter,

Each day I count how long will this weather,

Give me grief, I’m sorry for complaining,

This is truly something I wasn’t expecting.’

She gave me a sarcastic look and moved on,

I watchfully took small steps to my destination!

 

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Daily Prompt : Ooze

In response to one-word prompt : OOZE

One summer our Dad took us to Bangladesh. Our first stop was Lahore, Pakistan, from there we changed planes to go to Dhaka, Bangladesh.

We took a train from Dhaka to go to our Grandparents, home in the village. It took us close to 8 hours to reach Feni a small town, close to our Grandparents village. The village was twelve miles from the town. My Dad hired two taxis to take us there. This was the first time, we met our cousins, aunts and uncles.

One evening I saw two of my uncle’s servants  climbing a date tree, which belonged to my uncle. They tied their ankles with a rope. I was curious I asked them, ‘why did you tie your ankles?’

They laughed because I had no clue. In reply they said, ‘it helps us to climb the tree.’

This part I kind of understood, but why are they  taking the pitchers, one of them explained they needed them to tie onto the tree, so when they make a cut, the juice from the tree would collect in the pitcher.

Apparently they have to do this late in the afternoon so the juice which slowly oozes out all night will fill the pitcher.

The raw juice is not very tasty, but the juice is boiled in big pots, as it boils the fluids turn thicker like molasses.

They do not leave it at the molasses stage, but keep boiling it until it is the right thickness to turn into jaggery(it’s a concentrated product of date, cane sugar).

Jaggery is used to make delicious sweets.

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Daily Prompt : Foggy

In response to one-word prompt: Foggy

My mind is foggy about certain places, certain foods, and certain events in my life. One thing is sure, I will never forget the day we had a solar eclipse, I was about eight nine years old, our teacher told us not to look directly at the sun. My classmates pointed at the eclipse, I looked directly at it, I forgot what the nuns told us.

I was so fascinated by what I saw I could not help looking at it. When I came home I did the same. In the evening I noticed my blurred vision. I did not tell my dad, I hoped it would go away, it took a few days, I thanked my lucky stars and promised, I’d never do this again. This memory of the eclipse did not fade.

Certain foods I had years ago is fresh in my mind. After the month of Ramadan, we have a day when we celebrate by eating delicious food and we wear new clothes, on one of these occasions, my mom could not cook due to ill-health, our servant cooked that day. I do not know how he cooked the pilaf , I disliked the taste and refused to eat pilaf for several years. The trauma of eating our servant’s cooking still remains sharp in my memory.

Also I find some languages are difficult than others. I hear a lot of French, because our official language is English and French. One day I went to a store where they sell cups and saucers. The sales girl, excitedly told me about the sale in her store. she spoke in French, she spoke so fast, I could not understand a word she said. I smiled and said,    ‘I haven’t the foggiest idea what you just said.’

It’s after her co-worker explained in English I understood what she meant!

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