Our (optional) prompt for day asks you to write a portrait poem that focuses on or plays with the meaning of the subject’s name. This could be a self-portrait, a portrait of a family member or close friend, or even a portrait of a famous or historical person. If you need help delving into the meaning of your poem subjects name, this website may help or this
Self-portrait of a foreign country on the other side of the border A glass separator divides the Arrivals and the Departures I walk in wishing I was on the other side of the glass. A few chairs are occupied by those on the way out before the holidays end- Women with floral hijabs loosely covering their heads and men with sunset-colored beards on the fringes of their chins. On the wall outside the departure area is a poster divided into three parts. One has the picture of the royal bengal tiger In lush green mangrove forests. The second is of tea plantations on mist kissed hills. And the third is of local dancers dressed in orange, reds and greens. A reminder that there is beauty in this country waiting to be explored. In not more than 50 steps, is the immigration Men and women in navy blue, sit behind the counters They look like me But speak in a tongue alien to me. Our passports stamped, we step out to busy roads, signboards in a language I cannot read Buses with dented bodies and telephone wires hanging in clumps like a sadhu's* jaṭā** *sadhu- sage or ascetic **jaṭā - dreadlocks
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