Diwali. Fiction by Lakshmi Kern Devadass

Lakshmi

Diwali

Diwali is the Indian puja with oil lamps burning luminous at dusk
Fireworks burst, color paint the sky with dreams for tomorrows

Joy, hope, children and families feast and dance everywhere
Singing boisterous mantras for happiness

Crowds of flames leaping higher opening heaven’s gates
Inviting the Goddess of Diwali to homes made sparkling for her

Darkness and dust drown in fireworks, laughter
Peoples endless chanting of prayers beacon through darkness

Garlands of lights point to doors ajar and waiting
And my Laxmi comes homes bearing blessings for another Dasara.

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Lakshmi Kern Devadass is a passionate Bharathanatyam dancer from
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, South India. Originally from Coimbatore, she
currently lives in Muri bei Bern in Switzerland.

A founder member of the Writers’ Group Berne, Lakshmi has published
poems with the Writers’ Works Berne and The Geneva Writers Group, among
other publications. She writes poetry and freelance non-fiction.

Besides performing Bharatha Natyam, South Indian classical dance,
Lakshmi conducts Bharatha Natyam classes in Bern.

Lakshmi loves travelling, exploring new places, hiking, balcony
gardening and cooking.

Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie is now completing her first novel where, for a family with a Seventh-day Adventist father and a Mennonite mother, the End Times are just around the corner. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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