Magnetic Roots Still Hold Me to the Ones I Love.
Dada, the day was still as we stood in the backyard.
You’re telling me about watering the cucumber vine
that had spread out on the young bamboo you’d cut for it.
The vine is full of yellow flowers,
reminding me of an Indian bride.
You are talking about going to the hospital,
but I can hardly hear
or comprehend your words.
The world around us is circling above our heads.
I remember thinking it was you
rolling across the sky as thunder
when lightning flashed.
I knew it was you
because you were never home
when it happened.
You left your books and Gandhi glasses.
Your toothless earthy smell stayed too.
When I saw you again,
you had a bruise on your right brow
where you’d fallen out of the hospital bed.
It was the first time I heard
my father cry.