The Old Vegetable Seller

The old vegetable seller



Nowadays, she is a rarely seen village sight

this old lady who sells vegetables door to door,

who merrily greets and calls out to her customers

about the day’s finest and  freshest produces,

while wiping her brow and  unloading from her head 

the vegetable basket at the porch of all houses.


Her faded clothes portray vividly the sad tale

of poverty which overshadows her life,

while a pair of well worn and muddy slippers

barely shield her feet from sharp stones,

yet in her shrewd eyes she carries a fire of confidence

that she had amassed for survival from experience.


To everyone, she has become a permanent fixture

her visits an unavoidable snippet of their routines,

and housewives surround her with hands on their hips

to scrutinize her basket’s content and their prices,

while sharing with her trivial woes of family life

and listening to creamy dollops of neighborhood gossips.


With an unbreachable armor of ironclad willpower

she defies the unrelenting summer heat,

and with a battered age worn umbrella she battles

monsoon’s varied mood swings,

as she walks diligently through her life’s rocky roads,

her agonies concealed under a toothless smile.


Everytime I see her, I feel so humbled

by witnessing this testament of a woman’s strength,

who chose not to bow down to fate’s cruel ploys

and redrew by herself her palm lines,

as I inwardly salute this old vegetable seller

who balances artfully a life’s burden on her head.

© Anjana Vipin E

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I am a postgraduate in the field of biotechnology. I always had a profound appreciation for all forms of creative writing and I have been writing poetry in writers network for two years. At present, I am residing in Rutherford, New Jersey. Thank you so much for visiting my page and I would be delighted to have your valuable feedback.

8 thoughts on “The Old Vegetable Seller

  • February 6, 2018 at 3:32 PM

    Very strong depiction of the resolve of these ladies. Daily grind and the struggle all too real to deny as they peddle their product to all hoping to make a small profit to keep things going. Nice work with the in depth and vivid descriptions of her life. Exccellent piece Anjana.

    • February 6, 2018 at 7:10 PM

      Thank you my dear friend Paul..delighted to know this effort found favor in your eyes..always grateful for your friendship and support..

  • February 6, 2018 at 4:28 PM

    A heart-felt rendering of poverty and survival Anjana, a testament to those folks eking out a life in such harsh conditions. Well penned and emotively described my friend. Cheers!

    • February 6, 2018 at 7:11 PM

      Thank you dear Tony for always being so encouraging and supportive of my honor to have your words on my page..

  • February 6, 2018 at 5:06 PM

    A wonderful portrayal of a strong woman with stamina and faith in herself. Lovely and gentle she is with inner beauty. Great work, Anjana. I so enjoyed reading this.

    • February 6, 2018 at 7:12 PM

      Thank you so much dear Phyllis for your lovely comment..I so appreciate your kind words and constant encouragement..

  • February 6, 2018 at 8:19 PM

    Such a powerful image you’ve shared with us; both the physical appearance of the woman as well as her inner strength and perseverance – wonderful read indeed

    • February 7, 2018 at 10:52 AM

      Thank you so much dear Ralph for your kind words..happy to know that you liked this and I so appreciate your encouraging feedback..


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