Diwali -- light's renascent festival
occurs just as the world heads into shadow!
it celebrates the victory of Raama
and his and his beloved's journey home
via an ancient (so they tell us) aircraft
a happy ending of the endless tale
if later things untoward might unfold
this celebration's flush yet gleams in gold
Is this (mere days beyond his birthday) when
my father's spirit joins its larger frame?
enmeshed in some deep fiction of the self
that bleeds into creation's lucent plane?
Diwali (Dipavali)! wicks afloat
in tiny craft on Hindustani streams
in life we come & go not glimpsing how
nor why! what eddies swirl beyond the bow?