Payals

They said she was ugly

and no man had interest in her

20 years and no suitor visited her home

she went to the store yesterday

brought out a few coins she had picked off her savings

and handed them to him

she pointed to them and he got them out

she didn’t go home

she went to the henna store

had her feet painted

and she adorned them with her new anklets

Her face lit up

no one had ever seen her like this

she walked through the market

her payals making noise at her feet

he head half veiled

the single men stood at the sides of her path

yesterday four suitors asked for her hand

and yesterday she turned them all down

yesterday she said

am not the payals I wear

nor the henna on my feet.

i need more than just my name on another wedding invitation card

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