Come October

October is not the season for your poetry. The monsoon
declaims its final verse, festivals are lined up, darkness is
punctuated by sesame oil lamps. Diwali is a refrain of ghee
and gold and expectation. Poets are interrupted by semicolons
of human interlude – the annual enjambment of limbs and
sweets and curiosity. Muse after muse is muzzled by the
syntax of pyrotechnics and prayer. It is tradition. October
is not the season for your poetry. The swish of Kanjeevaram
silk is folk song. The crunch of adhirasams is the meter
of piety. Incantation is the line break for the people absent
each year – gone, dead, disappointed. October is the phone
call that breaks a year of end-rhymed silence. October is not
the season for your poetry. October is the unwritten poem.

 

 

28 thoughts on “Come October

  1. My goodness this is good! You have voiced so many truths in this poem especially “Incantation is the line break for the people absent each year.” Thank you so much for writing to the prompt ❤️

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  2. I love the repetition in this prose poem, Rajani, the echoes of October, and the idea that ‘darkness is punctuated by sesame oil lamps’ – they must smell wonderful! I also like the sounds in ‘The swish of Kanjeevaram silk is folk song’ and ‘The crunch of adhirasams is the meter of piety’. October is indeed an unwritten poem.

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  3. October demands a greater precision, does it not? A season of transformation shedding poetry to get to so song. So many local entities here distant readers cannot apprehend—a rich array of traditional spice– but you enjamb those with turns very global and ever poetry. Well done.

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  4. October is my favorite month and I have written many poems during this time – yet at the same time understand it could also be viewed as unwritten… it certainly displays itself before us and leaves us speechless.

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