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"Ritual of Care" by Arista Rawat Engineer


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Published January 1, 2023

Ritual of Care

by Arista Rawat Engineer
(Pune, Raharashtra, India)

A thirsty soul is a lost soul.

6:15 am
Mother wakes,
go make the chai

7:00 pm
Chai is great for rainy days.
It's always raining in Portland.
I'll make the chai if you wash the pot?

1:00 am is no time to be awake,
to crave.
The heater's out. Warm mug,
warm hands.

Busy apartment — 3:00 pm
One's coming in from work,
Second's off to class,
Third's just got up. Everyone
convenes for a cup.

Arista Rawat Engineer uses poetry to delve into questions that arise from the confluence of different worlds: modernity and tradition, language and culture, myth and literature. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, USA. Her poems have appeared in the Roadrunner Review, Gingerbread House Lit Mag, and Airplane Poetry Movement's anthology, A Letter, A Poem, A Home: A Collection of Poems and Essays. She lives in Pune, India.

This poem is included in Poetry World #5, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

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