Nagging iTunes

A poem


downloading her first iTunes under her daughter’s supervision

daughter’s 20 dollar gift card weighing heavily on her

what do you want mom  what do you want to download

Mrs. Sharma can only have one intelligent response

she says Oh Canada the Vancouver 2010 version

costs 99 cents so very affordable

Mrs. Sharma wants to memorize Canadian anthem

drive it deep   deep down  drive away doubts


driving downtown to dreary job

she listens to the Indian anthem

Jana Gana Mana adhinayaka jaya he …

singing it in Sanskrit original tune and Bollywood adaptation

7 different versions

listens  repeatedly  listens

brings schooldays back for Mrs. Sharma

lining up at 6 am outside school building facing black nuns

light blue blouse  dark blue skirt  red tie  black shoes

biting nails to keep them clean

reciting Our father who art in heaven

followed by national anthem


No line ups now no recitations either

Mrs. Sharma yells   damn it