Lighting lamps

Earthen lamps, candles, lanterns
and strings of tiny lights
all awaiting to be lit
trying to illuminate the hazy skyline.

Gaily wrapped gifts, boxes of dry fruits
and the ubiquitous mithai*
to be exchanged and shared with close ones
the leftovers to be distributed as a sign of largesse.

Petals, rice flour, limestone powder
to make beautiful patterns on home entrances
welcoming the deities and the guests
one designated day to do so.

A festival of lights, of celebrations
defeating darkness with light 
evil overcome with  goodness
the darkness within may still remain.

Written for dVerse. Today’s host Ingrid says: For this challenge, I want you to write a poem using only concrete nouns, subject matter and imagery. For the purposes of this exercise, the following words are banned: soul, love, lust, dreams, sorrow, suffering, heartache, wonder, etc.

In India we celebrate Diwali/Deepawali tomorrow. Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate. 🪔

*mithai- Indian sweets, confectionery, sweetmeats

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92 thoughts on “Lighting lamps

  1. It’s astonishing (or maybe not) how ancient religious festivals link up across the world, as if there was only ever one response to a change of season, and we have all adapted our own versions suitable for our social and physical environment. Light as we’re going into the dark season and inviting the dead to share some of the good things with the living—no different to our Samhain.

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    1. I think you are right, most festivals were in response to the changing seasons, harvest time etc. and the religious connotations were attached later.
      We remember and celebrate the dead sometime in September-October depending on the lunar calendar.

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  2. Enjoyed learning more about this festival, “defeating darkness with light, evil overcome with goodness” and I agree with Jane’s sentiments as well, some themes are repeated throughout many cultures!

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  3. Happy Diwali, Punam! I do love me some mithai! (Ghulab jaman is my favourite, yum!) Interesting that it coincides with Halloween sometimes 🙂 Definitely a time to spread light where there’s dark. A sumptuous picture you have painted ❤

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  4. Punam this poem is a keeper! I feel like the description was sufficient to transport me to your doorstep and to admire your decorations!! Happy Diwali to you and yours! The lights will chase away the darkness outside and love will chase it from the hearts!!

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  5. “The darkness within may still remain.” Ouch! That’s a hard hitting line. May the festival of light brighten your life with happiness and warmth. Happy Diwali! 😀🪔

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