NS Kumar


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Himalayas in Jalandhar

April 9, 2020

PROMPT: Solidarity

125 miles.
I never imagined they could be so close
behind the smoggy sky:
the bus stations filled with hawkers and
sardars on scooters.
On top of us all loomed a shadow
veiled 30 years ago, my grandmother says.

They had sent breezes to the brick-walled buildings, 
they'd whispered through the busy squares and 
while we slept,
laughed at our loud snores.

So many years in school but
they never taught us what
we saw yesterday,
when we woke up: the abode of the gods
letting loose their snow-flecked, silver hair.

They exhibit themselves because they know:
The buses will soon start running again.
The scooters will swerve their way to work.
Tourists will flock to Jalandhar to
see the havelis and the malls.
We will cover them again with gauze thick 
enough to create a mist that blinds us to
beauty of all kinds.

And what will be left of this
one fleeting moment of peace
will be the stories we tell to our grandchildren:

Once upon a time....
This too shall pass...


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  • Bhavya's Treasure

    To call it awesome will be an understatement!
    This is mesmerisingly stunning!!!
    'laughed at our loud snores.' this is so funny. XD
    The last one is so touching, the stories we will tell to our grandchildren.
    And what an ending
    Once upon a time
    I'm in love with this, TOTALLY!
    Congrats for getting featured in WtW Review. By the way, do you live in Jalandhar? :)

    5 months ago
  • Samina

    Wonderful poem. Each word has its own beauty. Well done.

    11 months ago
  • Chloe :) <3

    Wow ! Absolutely love this! Its such a beautiful piece of poetry

    11 months ago
  • OpalDove

    Love this. U totally deserved that spot. So good. SO GOOD.

    11 months ago
  • Detective

    Beautiful! Gosh, this is just absolutely stunning. I love it.

    11 months ago
  • prifma

    hall of fame for sure...Emily Dickinson who

    11 months ago
  • Wicked!

    'the abode of the gods/letting loose their snow-flecked, silver hair' is just so beautiful!

    11 months ago
  • carolissoproudofyou

    This is honestly such a beautiful poem. I can't even express in words how impressed I am. This was clearly written by someone with skill and talent.Every stanza was so well written I almost shed a tear. I hope you keep up the good work and I will be looking forward to more poems written by you.

    11 months ago
  • The Midnight One

    My goodness that is beautiful....

    11 months ago
  • ??? (on hiatus)

    This is so, so, soo beautiful! Loved it!

    11 months ago
  • marajones

    this is so good...I actually almost cried.

    11 months ago
  • Halopoet

    Whooo cool

    11 months ago
  • deep_breaths

    wonderful. simply wonderful

    11 months ago
  • Cosmogyral

    gods, that's expression to a peak. It's wonderful.

    11 months ago