her fair unblemished skin

turned black and blue

her bones broke

just one or two

she saw the world with one eye

just once in a while…


now she stands tall

telling her miraculous survival story to all

wrapped in a black and blue sari

with gold zari

her blemished skin is radiant

my friend you are beautiful…you are valiant


Dedicated to my friend Kamal Dhillon, a survivor and author of Black and Blue Sari.