Shattered, or: Built anew

A ‘Garland’ Shadorma

I've returned
from imposed exile
that my child
may belong
that she never need reclaim
a lost legacy

even as
freedom's native son
belonging
eludes me
pulled between societies
nearly stretched to shreds

homeland-born
never asked to be
raised away
far, so far,
from grandparents, aunts, cousins
from my truest self

the worst- was
not realizing
that I was
a stranger
navigating my life through
a foreign culture

as a child
with home so distant
my mind was
wholly filled
with romantic ideas
inherited hopes

adulthood
realizing dreams
new viewpoints
painful blows
having what I thought I knew
shattered; built anew

I've returned
freedom's native son
raised abroad
a stranger
with romantic ideas
shattered; built anew

‘Garland’ Shadorma?

The ‘Garland’ Shadorma was created by Sylvia Cognac, modeled after the ‘Garland’ Cinquain. Essentially, it a Shadorma series of seven stanzas, with the seventh and final stanza being composed of lines from all six previous stanzas.


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When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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9 thoughts on “Shattered, or: Built anew”

  1. โœI’ve returned freedom’s native son raised abroad a stranger with romantic ideas shattered; built anewโœ

    Beautiful garland made up with the diverse processes of a native son
    Your confidence with form, never seizes to amaze.
    Top-tier engagement is so valuable to the creative process, and you are so at home with your inner dialogue
    The art of manifestation speaks volumes.

    Homecoming can be met with so much anxiety and expectations

    Brave to set aside those shattered romantic ideas
    Make the choice to start anew
    Working with agency.

  2. This is a very interesting form that was completely overshadowed by the content. The last stanza brings the sadness and self-sacrifice to a hopeful closure. โค

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