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And Then It Rained


And Then it Rained

Simran Malhotra


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The room was gradually shrinking, spinning, turning.

I lay in a position of surrender on the settee,

I wanted a summer vacation.


One. Two. Three. Four–four flies.

The window was open,

Curtains hung loosely and limp.

Grandma sitting still.

Calm. Cross-legged. Chanting quietly,

prayer beads in hand.


“Don’t open the fridge too often, the food will get spoilt.”

She would say,

“You never know when the electricity will get cut off.”


She would give cold sherbet.

To the servant, driver, postman, vegetable seller and

all the victims of the Indian summer heat.


A sudden cool breeze

slapped me out of my misery.

I heard a roar.


My grandma smiled.

I ran outside–just in time for the first droplet to hit my cheek.


And then I danced in the mud.


The Millburn High School Literary Magazine, Word, is a juried publication that showcases the extraordinary talents of this school's writers, artists, photographers, craftspeople and illustrators. The editors and staff take the process of creating the magazine very seriously. We hold regular open meetings from September to February to read submissions and to identify potential pieces for inclusion in the next volume. Then we choose selections that exemplify the diversity and strength of our student body and spend several months working on a unifying theme, on layout and production. Since we are constantly amazed by the abilities of our peers, we consider the magazine a tribute to the virtuosity, skill and creativity of our student body.

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