Poem: Loss and Other Lessons by Sanjeev Sethi

Loss And Other Lessons

(December, early seventies)

Ma was in hospital
with a heart condition.
We: sister and I
were at a friend’s place.
Pa was at *daddy’s funeral.

I remember, sister and me,
sitting on the parapet.
Sun was about to set.
That is when first essence
of loss filtered in.
This was not like losing
a pouch of picayunes.
This was big time loss.
As though someone had
punched my solar plexus.
The heart felt hard.
I wasn’t even a teenager.

I remember her, my sister,
just about a teen, sitting
next to me. She seemed
much older, wiser, calmer.
I remember, looking at
her chocolate brown eyes,
looking at them for direction.
Her silence was palpable.
Finally she spoke:
“Don’t feel bad. Daddy is with God.”

I was allayed of ache.
That sunset…
I learned my first big lesson:


*Daddy: Mother’s father.

First published in Red Wolf Journal.

Sanjeev Sethi is the author of three books of poetry. His most recent collection is This Summer and That Summer (Bloomsbury, 2015). His poems are in venues around the world: Ink Pantry, Amethyst Review, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Ink Sweat & Tears, The Best of Mad Swirl: v2017!, The Metaworker, Vox Poetica, The Five-Two, Pyrokinection, Stickman Review, Beakful | Becaqée, Ethos Literary Journal, and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.

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