Published : poetry- My home is the river

I am pleased to say that my poem ‘My home is the river’ which I wrote for a prompt in April has been published by the Rebelle Society. The prompt required us to listen to Sufjan Stevens’ latest album, Convocations.

The album has five parts to it — ‘Meditations’‘Lamentations’‘Revelations’‘Celebrations’ and ‘Incantations’. Sufjan created the album as a tribute to his father, whom he lost in August  2020. My poem is based on the last rites I performed for my father, whom I lost on November 26th, 2020.

I stand on the banks of the river
together, with others —
Loss, the bonding factor.
I close my eyes, in meditation —
My father holds me
In his sturdy arms — I am asleep

And over his shoulders, I feel so tall
And on his back, I am scared I will fall
Now, I carry him —
In an urn over my head
My father, my home, my shelter
The roof on my head

To read the complete poem please click on the below link.

http://www.rebellesociety.com/myhomeistheriver

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14 responses to “Published : poetry- My home is the river”

  1. grahamswords1962 Avatar

    I just read the whole poem and tried to leave a comment there, but it would not allow me, so I will add it here.
    Your father should be very proud of what he has achieved through you in bringing such a beautiful vision into the world, one that was was created out of the love for him held by his daughter.
    Eulogies are never easy, this one is a glorious celebration of life in the midst of loss.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you Graham for reading the poem and for your comforting words. Its very kind of you. You’re right about eulogies not being easy. It made me relive the ritual again and the memories along with it. .

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  2. Susi Bocks Avatar

    Congratulations, it’s lovely, Smitha! 🙂

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you dear Susi🙂

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      1. Susi Bocks Avatar

        You’re welcome! 🙂

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  3. dilkiaawazsunoblog Avatar

    Beautifully penned..

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much for reading and for your appreciation.

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      1. dilkiaawazsunoblog Avatar

        It was a pleasure…

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  4. Ananda Avatar

    Lovely 🙏❤️

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you Ananda🙂🙏

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  5. SelmaMartin Avatar

    Lovely. And heartfelt congratulations on being published. I applaud your achievement. Be well. Keep going.
    Sorry about your loss.
    I wish you miracles.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much Selma. It’s so good to hear from you again. Thank you for your warm words and your good wishes. I wish you miracles too Xxx

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  6. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    It really is a beautiful, moving poem Smitha.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much dear Andrea🧡

      Liked by 1 person

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