Poetry 2018 Longlist, Promila Jakhar

It is the way it is’

The Ganges

Chilling Crystal clear in April

Colder Muddy from July

It flows

It flows

It flows

It is the way it is

 

Holy River

They say

Making

Impure Pure

It flows

It flows

It flows

 

It is the way it is

 

My friends

All Women

Have shifted to plan B

After state government orders

Halted

Our rafting plans

 

It is the way it is

 

Bonfire and Stories

Acceptance and Rejection

Achievements and Failures

Narratives

Narratives

And more

Narratives

 

It is the way it is

 

The Ganges

Goddess

Mother

Ever embracing Humans and Souls

Lives and After-lives

It flows

It flows

It flows

 

It is the way it is

 

Now the ocean of love

India’s longest river

Seeking help

From her children

Patient and Kind

It flows

It flows

It flows

 

It is the way it is

 

Wrapping in her tides and depths

All our secrets and embarrassments

Consoling it flows

Waiting

To be loved back

Pre and Post ‘Aarti’s’

Too

It flows

It flows

It flows

 

You know

Beginning from the beloved’s head

Rinsing him in Love

Till his toe’s

She is born to flow

 

It is the way it is

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