Contemplating Nanak


The tree you sit beneath grows away from its own rituals

it sheds leaves, weaving into the forest, an immense song

of mindfulness,

as the universe grows luminescent to Maradana’s profuse music

every tree a Sufi holds her storms still

as your breath composes hymns, your smile unaltered

the sky a meditation, in awe of your ascetic hardiness, unburdened

ecstatic, the birds follow you on your udaasis

contemplative they learn the language of your travels, your

congregations write stories into the hooves of your horses

nomads along the playful Indus, are a chorus with you Nanak

in rapt attention, the earth is an exquisite honeycomb

it swells with wasps of curiosity and collected words

children skip along your doorways, finding answers you leave behind

you simply savor each blessed dawn and walking dusk

as reminiscences narrate themselves into your days


You were of permission

You were of the equinox

You submerged into the Other

You were of seen fleetingly, stayed forever

O’ Nanak, of being worship in ordinary

O’ Nanak of playfulness in redemption

O’ Nanak of asking, seeking, receiving


O’ Nanak, may we allow ourselves to travel like you

plough through the most difficult terrains of our search

continue to gain humility along your ebbing udaasis

sprinkle our morning dew with your enigmatic saakhi’s

witness every petal as it drips color into unspoken questions

fill prayer bowls with golden morsels of suspended poems


@copyright kashiana

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Published by Kashiana

I am a management professional by job classification and a work practitioner by personal preference. One poetry collection - Shelling Peanuts and Stringing Words and a chapbook, Crushed Anthills. Always gathering poems, and letting them marinate and change shape and form.

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