Saris and a Single Malt by is the latest poetry collection from Sweta Srivastava Vikram. It is a very personal collection in which she shares her pain and grief at the sudden loss of her mother. It is so eloquently written and the raw pain and emotion flows with every word written.
I have read other collections written by Sweta. And while I don’t read poetry on a regular basis I know what I like and Sweta has become my favorite poet since I was introduced to her writing a few years ago. This latest collection of hers has touched me on such a deeply personal level. The death of a loved one is such a painful experience and the author uses her words to attempt to try and heal her broken heart soul. One can’t read her words without feeling her grief and struggle to move forward and say goodbye.
Saris and a Single Malt is a beautiful and touching collection. One that allows the reader to feel the true soul of the poet and her precious relationship with her mother. Simply exquisite.
To end I’d like to share one particular piece that really tore at my heart…
Does Grief Wear a Color?
Hindu tradition tells me
to wear white to show loss.
But, will wearing white
bring back my mother?
No one answers.
A part of me died with
A part of me ceased to
I can’t wear white,
my bleeding heart will
(taken from the digital edition of Saris and a Single Malt by Sweta Srivastava Vikram)