The Sleighbell Song

Written By

Ananya Chatterjee

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I recognise you at once.

Despite all those seasons

of erasing your thoughts.

You walk past humming

a nursery rhyme

of sleighs and bells

and just one horse.

A toddler tucked in your arm

gurgles to your sleighbell song

I recognise that out of tune voice.

That throaty laughter as your boy

tosses a ballooned heart into the sky.

I almost forget the flight of years

Almost forget what went wrong

Listening to your sleighbell song

A nudge helps crumble the reverie

Tiny fists unfurl in front of me

“Got some candies for my boy, Santa?”

Asks the deep throated voice I loved

Those burgundy lips I knew so well…

I fish out a dozen strawberry hearts

Fill those palms, with marshmallow gel

It’s Christmas here once more

in a city of snowless winter

Where countless costumed saints wander…

You turn around the next corner

waving back in a bout

of festive delight

and dissolve into the dewy night.

I think of all the Nicholas’s

ambling down the midnight roads.

And am just glad it was me you chose.

One right turn, that didn’t go wrong…

My voice is broken,

throat’s gone numb

Yet these lips have again

begun to hum

Your out of tune sleighbell song.




Ananya Chatterjee is a 36 year old software professional working in Kolkata. A gold-medalist in Computer Science, Ananya has always been passionate about writing verses. She is the author of the Amazon bestseller, The Poet & His Valentine, a collection of verses. Another Soliloquy and The Blind Man’s Rainbow are her other books. She was the winner of the Ekphrasis Poetry Contest at the National Poet’s Meet 2015. She has been awarded Certificate of Merit as part of Reuel International Award for Literature, 2015. Ananya also worked as a translator for the poems by actor and poet Soumitra Chatterjee, published in the book Forms Within. She lives in Kolkata with her husband and two children. To find out more about her works, please visit

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