Blood Ties

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It feels as though echo, perhaps a recurring dream
I walked with you towards Golden City of the East.
Oh blood of my blood, let me souse in culture, art,
heritage, test depth of Gomti river ‘neath my feet.

Emotions are as dandelions blowing in the wind,
I, beneath oh rage of sky heard alone your voice.
We bid farewell to thoughts of safe, sweet home,
drank from mug that swirled with fear and hope.

I blinked and felt oh light of present evening sun,
surrounded by friendly faces of varying race and
creed. Time, is a faithful counselor, which acts as
a reminder, confirming that its nature is not one
that stays; often today is shadowed by tomorrow.

 

 

Process note: This poem was written along theme of heritage. Though I have never been to Lucknow, India I found that my paternal grandparents resided until partition 1947 when they migrated to Karachi, Pakistan. Β As I was preparing to write I figured that the best way would be to present the poem via a dream sequence.. in which I could express my longing to know more about them and their roots.. and express their emotions on how they must have felt while migrating. Then I end the poem by depicting myself (snapping out of my reverie) into present day in K.L.

Photo credits:Β More Sky

Posted on Artistic Interpretations @ Real Toads

and posted on the Poetry Pantry @ Poets United

Comments

  1. touching sad ..yet a comfortable end…memories do stay for long

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Anjum πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  2. gillena says:

    “often today is shadowed by tomorrow.”

    Indeed Sanaa, we’re we to understand the shadows as we understand the light, the mystery of the journey would be lost. The test of faith useless. Thanks for dropping by to read mine.

    Much love…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena πŸ™‚ so good to see you ❀️

  3. Your last few poems have shared such powerful lines, with imagery that tells longer, deeper stories. In this one, my eyes closed after reading “mug that swirled with fear and hope”. I think so many of us have sipped (even gulped) from that same mug. And when common experiences are shared, we remembered how close we can be to each other… if we allow ourselves.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Amen!❀️ Thank you so much, Magaly πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  4. “drank from the mug that swirled with fear and hope”….just so, when one makes the leap from the safety of home towards a dream. I know that feeling well. Smiles.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sherry πŸ˜€ so good to see you!❀️

  5. Ekta khetan says:

    It was written brilliantly. Riveting yet comforting. Comforting, yet awakening. I loved the beauty of the sweet -bitter truth it has. Good work Sanaa, Neat and soul striking!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Aww!❀️ Thank you so much, Ekta πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it!❀️

  6. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    This has to be one of your best poems.. it’s so personal, yet truly general, the relief of safety with that sadness of what you left…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bjorn πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it.❀️

  7. Rommy Driks says:

    There’s a beautiful poignancy in this piece of mingled hope and trepidation.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rommy πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  8. Margaret says:

    …the mug that swirled with fear and hope. The fact that so many people have sipped from that mug and risked all for a chance at a better life just amazes me.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely❀️ Thank you so much, Margaret πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  9. Sara McNulty says:

    This is one incredible poem, Sanaa! Lines like ‘time is a faithful counselor’ and ‘often today is shadowed by tomorrow ‘. Gorgeous!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Aww!❀️ Thank you so much, Sara πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it!❀️

  10. A lovely poem about the passage of time and memories, the longing to explore new places, beautifully expressed πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

      Aww!❀️ Thank you so much, Loredana πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it!❀️

  11. Thanks for the process notes, Sanaa………they helped my understanding. What a wonderful heritage. It would be wonderful to travel there and walk in your ancestors’ footsteps. Maybe one day you will.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sherry πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  12. Magical Mystical Teacher says:

    I am feeling the shadow of tomorrow, eclipsing today.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Let us hope not. Thanks for stopping by, MMT πŸ™‚

  13. Bev says:

    Especially meaningful once knowing the story behind the words. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Beverly πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  14. Beautiful yet sad, Sanaa. You tug at my heartstrings.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bekkie πŸ™‚ so good to see you ❀️

  15. gillena says:

    Luv the poem ending

    “Time, is a faithful counselor, which acts as
    a reminder, confirming that its nature is not one
    that stays; often today is shadowed by tomorrow.”

    Thanks for dropping by my Sunday Standard today

    much love…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

      Much love…

  16. Signedbkm says:

    Drank from mug…fear and hope. Liked that line…bkm

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Barbara πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  17. Erbiage says:

    I too like the mug. Wonderful imagery here.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Eric πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  18. ZQ says:

    One of your best!
    ZQ

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, ZQ πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  19. Mary says:

    I like the flow of this poem, Sanaa, and the process notes. I appreciate such details that help me understand – plus I enjoyed learning a bit of your family history.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Aww!❀️ Thank you so much, Mary πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it!❀️

  20. Jamztoma says:

    I’m amazed by your lyrical abilities Sanaa. And the diversity in this poem is magnificent. thank you, I”m all smiles.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jamztoma πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  21. Truedessa says:

    I think presenting your words in a dream sequence worked very well. It was plausible.
    often today is shadowed by tomorrow – to me this is a reminder to live in today and not worry about tomorrow.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Truedessa πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  22. CC says:

    What a meaningful pilgrimage of exploring your roots, Sanaa!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, C.C πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  23. Myrna says:

    You capture so well the experience of being an immigrant. I like how in your dream you try to reconnect with your ancestry. Lovely poem. I truly enjoyed.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Myrna πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  24. Wendy Bourke says:

    I agree with Bjorn – this piece is up there with some of your best work. ‘Time, is a faithful counselor,’ ,,, so wise.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Wendy πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  25. A very beautiful poem, dreamy indeed. And your closing sentence is profound!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rosemary πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  26. Old Egg says:

    Each of us has so much history inside us, of our roots our families and our traditions. This beautiful poem is one of a journey that each of takes in our own way and which we should be proud of.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely ❀️ thanks for stopping by, Robin πŸ˜€

  27. Rall says:

    Partition was a terrible time in history. Your grandparents must have a lot of stories. Nice picture and words.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rall πŸ™‚ so good to see you ❀️

  28. totomai says:

    I love culture / heritage Sanaa and this poem brings a smile on my face despite the poignancy. Hope you can visit Lucknow soon.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Aww!❀️ Thank you so much, Totomai πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it!❀️

  29. Susan says:

    Wow! Whistles! i am so moved by this vision!
    “We bid farewell to thoughts of safe, sweet home,
    drank from mug that swirled with fear and hope.”
    And to find that while looking at the past–knowing such focus on each other will be necessary to survive tomorrow. Keep those dandelions growing and blowing.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Aww!❀️ Thank you so much, Susan πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it!❀️

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