The Ramingo’s Porch – “Reclaiming Kali” & Other Poems By Kashiana Singh

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Reclaiming Kali

Invitation to my nectar
I offer, as I kneel into
my firmament
……………almost
……………in prayer
unraveling
a moaning of absence
as I churn into myself
and flow full
into the earth
……………the cosmos
……………confessional
……………as it constricts
……………and contracts
……………shredding itself
into a cyclical
flourish
adequately
reclaiming itself
at the altar
of my flames
my Kali¹

1 Kali – Kali is one of the Goddess Avatar’s in Hindu mythology and represents a complex origin deeply rooted in tribal folklore and history. In simplistic terms she is the Goddess representing power, Nature, force of time. In context of the poem, she is simply being used to refer to the symbolize the primordial feminine force – the duality of nurturing, yet devouring which is a woman’s relationship to her own body, acceptance of the menstrual cycle and the cosmos.


 

Let us stay perpetual

Let us cry together, shape our shores with aging
Let us write a vertical epitaph, in gibberish
Let us gulp into our mind, a splurge of rotting grief
Let us place at the window, a sun filled bowl of gardenias
Let us upset symmetry, and recast our blood towards the universe
Let us win hearts, with intent towards other bodies
Let us be delirious, escape miracles into shadows
Let us care with caution, and write letters to our unborn
Let us still our yins, uncenter it with our yang’s
Let us take the hill, first tend to the deconstruction of our roads
Let us reclaim forgiveness, and become protagonists of our orchestra
Let us wake up relentless, like questions that emerge from scorched hearths


 

Empathy

because in between the crispy morning of my bedsheets
I wonder why confinement feels so uneven and edgy
Is it—
because one is exposed in all barrenness to whoever else shares our space
or
because one is suddenly being too voyeuristic, observational of oneself


 

Kashiana Singh is a management professional by job classification and a work practitioner by personal preference. Kashiana’s TEDx talk was dedicated to Work as Worship. Her poetry collection, Shelling Peanuts and Stringing Words presents her voice as a participant and an observer. Her poems have been published on various platforms including Poets Reading the News, Visual Verse, Oddball Magazine, TurnPike Magazine, Dissident Voice, Feminine Collective, Spillwords, Poetry Super Highway. You can listen to her reciting her work on Rattle Open Mic sessions, Songs of Selah podcast and Poetry Super Highway episodes. Kashiana lives in Chicago and carries her various geographical homes within her poetry.

One thought on “The Ramingo’s Porch – “Reclaiming Kali” & Other Poems By Kashiana Singh

  1. C PAL SINGH says:

    Excellent use of alliteration by the poet which seems to be creating a musical sound . The words cosmos , confessional Constricts and contrasts followed by the shredding perhaps
    depict the altar of flames of Goddess Kali . Simply mesmerising!

    “Let us stay perpetual ” “stay to-gather” and then the , spulrge of rotting grief indicate the pain caused to the sensitive poet in the context of spread of deadly virus

    Empathy the 3rd poem in the series goes much beyond the normal sympathy The climax being ” exposed in all barrenness

    Beautifully and intellectually composed poems
    Need reading a number of times to understand the depth and context
    C pal singh

    Liked by 1 person

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