A Haiku remembrance for Bapu

Freedom has to come not tomorrow, but today*

Kashiana Singh

humility
in a loincloth-
nation making

spinning surely-
an endless penance
at his charkha

undying-
a father, saint, soldier
of kindled mind

deeds not words-
every step he took
was resolute

ahimsa
knows no borders-
salutation


*Words from Gandhi’s Quit India Speech at the AICC in Bombay on 8.8.1942
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Bio: Kashiana Singh lives in Chicago and embodies her TEDx talk theme of Work as Worship into her everyday. Her poetry collection, Shelling Peanuts and Stringing Words presents her voice as a participant and an observer. Her chapbook Crushed Anthills is a journey through 10 cities – a complex maze of remembrances to unravel. Her poems have been published on various platforms including Poets Reading the News, Visual Verse, Oddball Magazine, Café Dissensus, TurnPike Magazine, Inverse Journal. Kashiana is the winner of the 2020 Reuel International Poetry Award. She lives in Chicago and carries her various geographical homes within her poetry.

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