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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 9, Number 4, December 2015

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Yesha Shah
Surat, Gujarat, India


Stirring Sentiments

Cleansing is something her spiritual guru emphasised.

Sometimes she scribbles things she wants to express on floral paper and rids herself of them by shredding it and flushing it down the drain. Or, on a canvas, she'll paint her scattered feelings using the darkest of grays and browns. And some of these soul-searchings, she bares on the cream-coloured, textured pages of her journal.

Today she has taken up cleaning with a fervor—dusting, washing, mopping. After an hour, she smells of phenolic cleaner and stain-removing fluid. Next, a long shower, pranayamas and meditation.

Feeling relaxed and clear, she dresses in bright coloured clothes, kohl rims her eyes, Chanel's rouge coco to her lips and her nails painted a fluorescent orange. Then she goes out with her girl pals.

By evening the summer breeze has again deposited a fine layer of dust through a half open window in her sparkling clean house.

Zentangle . . .
the sharp edges
of her old baggage

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