A Quest on Overdrive … :)

An eccentric rambler on life's lessons and mercies, found and lost… :)



In her house,
The thumb ruled.

The thumb rule was simple.

He ruled. Even the roost.

Her mother’s, hers,
Even her grandmother’s heads
Were just thumb-pin heads.

Place thumb. Push. Hard.
And they’d stay, where the
Loam of conformity,
That filled the house,
Was soft and yielding.

One day, the thumb-pin
That she was, decided to look
At the world.

The pointy tip peeked
From under the broad umbrella head
Loved what she saw, and
(no surprise at all, if you knew her!)
Turned topsy-turvy 😛

Such joy, she’d tell you,
Such joy!

And when He saw, horrified
That one dared point out(ward)
In typical fashion, knee jerked,
With his thumb…

Only to feel the prick
And see the bubble of blood form
Pull his thumb back…



Never ever taking that
ONE for granted, ever again.

There are thumbs, everywhere
Looking for pins to push.

Perhaps, it’s better to be neither.

Let’s just be we.

7 April, 2018, Day#7 of the #NaPoWriMo, 2018. This is the weirdest one yet, no? That’s what comes of trying to get a Muse under your thumb. 😛


Author: Usha Pisharody

A rambler, pretends to be a teacher, loves to dream, and go on Quixotic Quests in the Realm of Romance With Life...

4 thoughts on “Gumption

  1. Thumb impression was certainly felt
    Which should’ve been, long ago, dealt
    Thumbelina sang
    He went, “Dang!”
    And this one’s got the Muse under her belt!

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  2. That was one hell of a trick
    Turning topsy turvy was so slick
    A needle jab will cure the sick
    The prick rightly served the prick.

    Amazing. I think this should be taught to children. Such clarity in expressing gender inequality and the need to speak out.

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    • Your perspective is humbling, and flattering, Govind! Thank you, infinitely. Never thought that would resonate. Thank you thank you thank you… 🙂

      I must confess this is a last minute desperate call to a finicky, absent minded Muse 🙂 I threatened to just go ahead with the word, and little thought she’d join. She came in at topsy turvy, while I was wondering what to do to that prick 😂

      Thank you, Govind!

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