The prompt given by the official NaPoWriMo site: to write a poem of origin – where you are from, emotionally, physically, spiritually.
THE SEAMS OF TWO TOWNS
Long drawls the whisper of wilted years
Myriad muddled voices throbbed in my ears,
Until I couldn’t tell right from wrong
And two opposing towns within me grew strong.
Oh, hear as I unwrap this delicate cyclone
Of stories that I’ve long in secret sewn-
Two neighboring townships inside my soul
With conflicting screams that muted my call.
I know I am a traveller within my own heart,
Ever living on the periphery stitched with art
From muses mined from both the cities
That tear me apart into two tapestries –
Ever a stranger to one half I wander,
Seeking a home in either towns I wonder,
However could two towns that side by side flourish,
Battle, to lay its homeland famished?
I couldn’t, in both, at once belong
But to find a home somewhere, I longed.
On one side, a sense of belonging beckoned
But on the other, the fond call of home summoned.
At last, the line where both towns gleamed
Upon my eyes – I settled on the seam.
So like an outcast torn upon the fray,
Alone from the society of men far away.
Each time when into one half I forayed,
In search of acceptance and people’s aid.
Somehow estranged from their ways I fumbled,
For the language of the other town, in my tongue stumbled.
Nowhere for me burned the hearth of home
Torn twixt towns in cold seclusion I’d roam.
(Why is my soul so rent asunder,
Am I, as everyone says, a blunder?)
At last, my weakness into strength I morphed.
‘pon my desolate seams an empire loft,
I built myself a realm to reign
With the verses that resonated in each terrain.
Whatever in the style of one town I lacked,
With the customs of the other, the gap I locked.
And now I am a patchwork art uniquely stitched
With a medley of strokes from all that bewitched.
With architectures from both the towns
I’ve built my city in mottled tones.
Now upon the fray where the two towns blend
My distinct empire, undaunted ascends.
I am inviting you all to join me in this venture. Use the prompt given above to craft your own verses.
And oh, be sure to tag me.
© 2019 Sahana Narendran