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Every Time I Enter the Mall
By Sylvia Navina Lobo

December 7, 2012


Every Time I Enter the Mall

Every time I enter the mall

I observe men checking out women’s figure

They chuckle and check on next one

As if they were buying some candy bars


How I wanted to pat their back and say

“Move on boy we have worries of our own”


With a smile I walk on till something catches my attention

I stop for a while and check the guy with great biceps and flat abdomen

Rushing crowd takes the guy away

My eyes search all corners in vain


I slap myself and say “You human species are all the same

Never stop admiring good things”


I walk and admire the beauty of new arrivals

Some I try, some I select, some I discard

I laugh my lungs out seeing the guys

Whose eyes loiter in the lingerie section


How I want to pinch their cheek and say “it’s a common thing boy

You have a mom, sister and will have wife and daughter too”


My greedy eyes look for more stuff when I hear a kid say

“Mommy I want Benton car, bogie man, angry bird..”

Some don’t ring a bell in my brain

I stop for a while and watch the kid


How I want to pinch kid’s nose and say

“You are only 4 feet kid, why do you want things bigger than your size?”


Wondering what I'd do with my own kids, I walk

My senses alert me about love birds

Holding hands, gal points out at some fancy things

Guy gives green signal while his left hand count the money in his pocket


How I wanted to ask them politely

“Do you change your partners often like your clothes?”


I walk and walk till I reach the food court

There I see old grandma, scared of escalator

I smile and extend my hand

She smiles and rejects thinking her grandson will come


How I want to hold her hands in mine say

“Only a few nice people around, don’t be so stubborn”


I see the crazy crowd with junk food

Their belly bigger than pregnant women

They hog and order more while I eat my sandwich in silence

I smile and walk back with the things I bought


I smile at the strangers and tell myself

“This is a new world, a new life, and I am one among them.”


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Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USAFriday, December 14, 2012
My hats off to SYLVIA NAVINA LOBO. Well written with a thought provoking mind. We need some more of these. All the very best.
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anita britto, Mangalore/AucklandWednesday, December 12, 2012
Nice one as always , Sylvia.Might find myself smiling to myself if some of the lines from your poem come to mind when I am walking around in the mall - Hopefully not when I am alone - otherwise someone might find me strange !
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Ansar Kasim, Udupi/FujairahMonday, December 10, 2012
Nice one...sis..
But some lines look out of control..
really amazed with your careful watch on mall :)
but we guys are fine..all are not going for looking at girls,,
Boys are best in their own world
own imagination are smart n bold.
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Clarence Arun, Mangalore/KSASaturday, December 08, 2012
Nice one silvia.... All the best . keep on writing madam.... :)
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Dev, MangaloreSaturday, December 08, 2012
"Sylvia's Secrets"
Kids have million wonders while adults have only 7!
That's the way of this World.
All the Best, Real Good One, Keep it Up.
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Vinod Rodrigues, Mangalore / DubaiFriday, December 07, 2012
gud one.... pls keep Writing... pls write some gud short stories like u wrote before
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R.Bhandarkar., MFriday, December 07, 2012
Every time I enter the Mall now:
I won't admire any figure-I'll buy candy bars
I'll never admire any guy with flat abdomen-what's there in it any way?
Lingerie Section is strictly Taboo -Will never linger anywhere near!
Will Feel free to at least 'dream'
about another partner- Tum Hoti to Aisa Hota-Tum Hoti to vaisa Hota- etc...I'm not 'actually' changing mine you see- Only a 'flirting' thought!
Will definitely think of my lovely Grandma who stories so lovingly told -still ring in my ears...
I'll smile and return with all that I have 'thought'
Then 'Is there more to me?' I'll definitely ask-What then does it take to make one more 'unique'?
Is it more easy to 'comment'on an 'original thought process'? I ponder further-Though easier I feel it's best to be at ease with that you relate and leave the rest for others to test!
All the best Slyvi-You do touch some 'fine points' and run....but one day you'll stay and leave an imprint-God Bless!
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sharath oswald, Mangalore/QatarFriday, December 07, 2012
Awesome........ Gud Article... Keep on.... Thumbs-up for u....
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