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.
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