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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Posted by:Smitha V

A banker by profession, a blogger by choice, a poet by accident, and an artist at heart. Imperfectly perfect - that's me. Welcome to my world!

14 replies on “Published : poetry- My home is the river

  1. 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. 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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