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Our text for this session was the poem Everything We Left Behind by Manasi Garg, posted below.
Our prompt for this session was: “Write about shedding the years”
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Everything We Left Behind by Manasi Garg In my dreams, my grandmother and I are bodies of fat and light and we clasp our hands so tightly that even God knows to cry. I am in love with her and her marbled flesh. We walk through her first home. Cursed city. I watch her shed the years, watch them whisper into the clouds like linens drying under the hot sun. Here is her house that burned down. Here is the temple next to the fruit orchard. Here is where the neighbors threw rocks. She was only 11 when the world ended. Pakistan, 1947. She tells me the men would rather drown their daughters than let them be taken. I picture a thousand Ophelias: the white dresses billowing, the river water scything their breathless skin in rivulets, their heads bobbing up and down Ravi River like a string of pearls. I wonder if they filled their pockets with stones or if they just accepted the darkness, the finality of it all: if they wanted it, if it felt like a mother’s womb, if they were aching to return home.