American Turban

“You Bring Out the Punjabi In Me”

"Boliyan" - painting by artist Gurpreet Sehra (photo: gurpreetsehra.com)

"Boliyan" - painting by artist Gurpreet Sehra (photo: gurpreetsehra.com)

Preeti Kaur, a Sikh American writer, takes us on a journey of Punjab and Punjabis through time and space in her poem entitled “You Bring Out the Punjabi In Me”. An excerpt:

mithu
you mix up the mexidu forbidden out of me
i crave your territory alien land law
imperial over my valley
break into yuba city root peach trees
a thousand san joaquin spawn
our only proof of that angel
island tryst
grown into millionaire agro turbans on tractors
a seed we let loose all over the globe

It is a very touching and amazing work.  Read – and listen – to the entire poem published at the online literary magazine Qarrtsiluni.

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