American Turban

“Letters Home” by Preeti Kaur

"Amritpal Singh of Queens, right, and others held up images of the victims, including an injured police officer, of the recent shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., as they took part in a vigil Wednesday (August 8) in Union Square Park." (source: New York Times)

“Amritpal Singh of Queens, right, and others held up images of the victims, including an injured police officer, of the recent shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., as they took part in a vigil Wednesday (August 8) in Union Square Park.” (source: New York Times)

Writer Preeti Kaur pens “Letters Home”, a poem in tribute to the victims of the Oak Creek, Wisconsin shooting. An excerpt:

america:
enter
the gurdwara door is open
our bare feet like cracked glass
our covered heads bulletproof from ego
we turn our backs on bellingham
build our gurdwaras from post traumatic cinder
of bombed birmingham black church
nina simone sings tera bhaana meetha laage
to tune of mississippi goddamn
gunpowder lines noses of children
left behind wailing mummy papa we will never forget you
‘the love that forgives’ a lullaby
which sears obedient
into a bittering lemon

You can read the full poem here, and Preeti Kaur’s poignant explanation here.

Donations in support of the victims of the Oak Creek, Wisconsin shooting can be made at WeAreSikhs.com.
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