Tat Tvam Asi

Tattvamasi

Tat Tvam Asi

Tat Tvam Asi
By Faren Rajkumar
maybe I should begin writing new
prayers, in a language my own
and simple
soft things I can understand
the whispering rise of the moon
haseya, haseya
stillness of early morning in my chest
sat nam
laughter when a lost thing
is finally found
svaha
feet striking the ground
on a paththat soon will diverge, and
lips parting, not to speak
but to withhold
shanti, shanti
pages turning, folding, closing
the quick gasp of a match, struck
sach
wisdom like cold water running over these hands
jaya, jaya
and spoken gently, these sounds will remain
in the heavy darkness of night
or quiet light of day,
the mantras of me
About the Poet

Faren Rajkumar is an MFA candidate at the University of South Florida and a poet from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Nova Southeastern University, and in addition to creative writing and poetry, she is a freelance writer, literary magazine editor, and classically trained violinist. Faren’s work is inspired by her Hindu roots, love of nature, traveling, and meditation practice. Her first poetry collection, Paper Flowers, will be available for purchase on Amazon in September 2018. Faren shares daily poetry and self-help inspiration on her blog, wanderhere.typepad.com. This poem is an excerpt from her upcoming book Paper Flowers.