• Minal Naomi

Car Rides With Dad

Staring at the mirror again

I scoff at the self absorption

As he returns to the car mirror.

Constant rechecking.

Eyes flickering

Road, mirror, but then

I realise you are staring

At the van following behind.

That was the day I understood

Your true love for mirrors.

A tool forewarning you of a threat,

Allowing you to drive your family to safety.


Minal Naomi is an artist and designer based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This piece is a reflective one about her childhood. It describes a retrospective moment of realisation, about the complexities of being raised by a family of journalists in Sri Lanka during the years of the civil war. 

Artwork by Nimaya Harris