Puja Tilaka

I ask this conflagration
to reduce me.
How long must I burn
with flowers?
Wind dashes my hands
across parking lots
and streets; hips settle
on lawns and rooftops
a fine grey ash,
and still I wish
to smear my mouth
upon your brow.


4 Responses to “Puja Tilaka”

  1. Uche says:

    And what better way to ring in the New Year than by invoking Ganesh? A more expansive sort of Ash Wednesday where rather than cauterizing the material world to serve a sanitized version of soul, the world is placed against the Ajna chakra, kissed against it, as you intimate in that powerful ending (as ever!) Namaste!

  2. wordweed says:

    Good ol’ Ganesh. Namaste and Happy New Year, Uche! Off to Ziggies!

  3. eduardo says:

    Purged by holy fire, or cleansing fire? And in her New Year’s Eve post, Sister Rosemerry ponders whether being buried in snow would transform her like it does the landscape.

    Hmmm… I’m hearing echoes from Uncle Bob:
    Some say the world will end in fire,
    Some say in ice.
    From what I’ve tasted of desire
    I hold with those who favor fire.
    But if I had to perish twice,
    I think I know enough of hate
    To say that for destruction ice
    Is also great
    And would suffice.

    Onward and Ohm-ward.

    • wordweed says:


      Holy and cleansing both, I think. Thanks for invoking our dear Rosemerry, our wise Uncle Bob. I’m honored to be in their company here and to make your acquaintance. Any friend of R is a friend of mine.

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