Festival of Dashain. A poem by Saraswoti Lamichhane

sarah swoti

Festival of Dashain
 Dashain comes again in Canada
 from the back alley of busy routine 
 on a Monday
 watches my two hands multiplied ten
 a battle of usual weekdays 
 to my daughters, Dashain is a story I tell them
 in the car, until we reach the school 
 every year, the same story ends to different stops
 their curiosity demands details 
 on goddesses riding lions, about multiple hands
 of the mothers
 their tiny hands clap sharp
 on the celebration of victory 
 their faces gleam for the day
 festive memories of childhood 
 drop quietly behind my glasses 
 old tear tastes saltier 
 Sugam Pokhrel sings on YouTube
 he breaks the dam open, strength left loose
 floods the floor under my eyes
 for mom Dashain is to spread eyes on our arrival
 to linger to hopes 
 flashback of home full of children
 a constant reminder: 6500 miles is once every five years 
 Dashain in Nepal but the music of Mangaldhoon
 on radios, TVs, ads and greetings. a river of homebound traffic
 buses loaded with extra passengers
 baggage full of gifts, sweet smell of new clothes
 aroma of Sell Roti, grandkids running to gramma’s arms
 in Nepal, Dashain is cities walking to rural homes
 In Canada, it comes as the cuddles of memories
 tied to the rim of usual routine

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Saraswoti comes from St. Albert. She is a mother of two happy daughters. She is a life celebrator and loves exploring beyond her world. At the age of twenty-four she decided to transplant her life from Nepal to Canada. She claims to have nature as her second mother. She loves wandering around the open space with her camera gears. She is an optimist and a continuous spiritual learner. Her poems have been published in a few journals & anthologies across the globe.

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's first novel, Stillwater, will be released in the spring of 2023. 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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