“Feast of Lights: A Banarasi Sunrise”

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I walked in the direction of an impending sunrise,

from Gowdali chowk to the Daswasmedha ghat,

past the Vishwanath Gali’s entrance starting life –

way before the rest of the arising eastern world.

 

Flower sellers tried to waiver my steady attention 

as I hastened on to celebrate in the feast of lights;

even as beggars flanking the path since predawn 

tried to steal my mind’s eye from a diffident Sun.

 

My vision dodged arched frames, flags, canopies

to detect the grey sky burst into streams of light –

which grew so intense as I watched their gleam,

till they erupted into fissures of tangerine delight.

 

Orange streaks of light spread diffusing grey sky,

as rituals of custom, religion, picked momentum;

past unflappable orange flags on pole lined ghats 

the fleets of boats stood guard – as Sun emerged.

 

Sun now decked in a silverlined orange turban –

bridegroom’s face glorious with the silken halo:

his lovelorn face took on a tangerine hued glow 

in lifting princess Ganga’s dark azure sari-hood. 

 

An orange feast of light announced to the world,

the royals – Sun and Ganges are now wedded: 

as men, women, turned to priests for ceremony –

hailing the couple, partaking love’s visual buffet.

 

PS: Please click on this youtube link to listen in and recreate the meditative mood I wrote this with: https://youtu.be/9WkvGRNIfDU

#banaras #varanasi #sunrise #ganges #wedding #love #poetry ##daswasmedhagjhat

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