EDITOR’S NOTE
In the Shadows of Past Summers
- JAYATI SRIVASTAVA
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Hey there! I'm Jayati, a Public Programmes Coordinator at MAP. I'm all about connecting with young minds and crafting youth engagement programmes. When I'm not busy with that, you'll catch me baking, beachcombing for shells, or getting crafty with crochet—it's my latest obsession!



Grey skies, rainy days
Defined life in a lot of ways
Heart younger and body older
Every year, the winter colder
Same summer, different heartbreak

But long ago, I'd learned to breathe
Let the heart let go of the baby teeth
Build myself back from the ashes
Of broken shattered rose-tinted glasses
Same death, different wake

Now blue skies, sunny days
Finding myself an empty place
Heart older and smile bolder
Every day, a stronger soldier
Same me, different mistakes


Fallen, Abhimanue Govinddan, 2007, India, Watercolour on paper, Image: H. 37.8 cm, W. 28.9 cm, MAC.00447, Courtesy of Museum of Art & Photography, Bengaluru


Note
Through “In the Shadows of Past Summers”, I try to offer a glimpse into the tumultuous journey of resilience amidst heartache. Through poetic verses, I explore the evolving landscape of pain and growth, depicting the highs and lows of a young heart battered by love's trials.
From grey skies and rainy days to blue skies and sunny, the imagery reflects the transformative journey of healing. Each heartbreak, though uniquely painful, contributes to a stronger, more resilient spirit—a heart older, a smile bolder, and a soul undeterred by past storms.
Yet, this journey is not without its setbacks and mistakes. It's a continuous process of learning and becoming, navigating through heartbreak to find hope and keep going. Hence, this poem is a celebration of the work-in-progress that is life—a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. 



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