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A ‘Ballad’, A ‘Story-Poem’





Each time he sights a ship

passing into absence

Blood comes out of his nose

and his lips

recite Komagata Maru

Each time he assumes silence

some crew-like thing

rises from un-italicized

shores. Filling the land with

cast iron taste and smell

Small waves, saline fish


drops of water

acquire a voice then

Of course unsinkable

Each time it is told

It feels like a story

at the right moment

In one ironic re-telling

a crisp chorus of 376

The vessel superbly navi-

gated by Wade Grant of the Musqueam

Indian Band:

We would have embraced

the ship passengers

much as we welcomed Europeans

We are impacted by the same racist

policies and we feel

the same pain

passed to generations

And you? Tell me your story

                           (for Rachel)

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Jaspreet Singh is a Canadian novelist and poet, and the author of the novels Chef and Helium, both published by Bloomsbury.

May 9, 2017


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