John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton
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Poet's Corner: Postcards From God (1)

Postcards from God (1)

Yes, I do feel like a visitor,
a tourist in this world
that I once made.
I rarely talk,
except to ask the way,
distrusting my interpreters,
tired out by the babble
of what they do not say.
I walk around through battered streets,
distinctly lost,
looking for landmarks
from another, promised past.

Here, in this strange place,
in a disjointed time,
I am nothing but a space
that sometimes has to fill.
Images invade me.
Picture postcards overlap my empty face
demanding to be stamped and sent.

"Dear . . ."
Who am I speaking to?
I think I may have misplaced the address,
but still, I feel the need
to write to you;
not so much or your sake
as for mine,

to raise these barricades
against my fear:
Postcards from god.
Proof that I was here.

Imtiaz Dharker (born 1954)

Doctor Who and/or Star Wars fans may be interested to know that this poet is the mother of Ayesha Dharker, who played the Ood Operations P.R. executive in "Planet of the Ood" and Queen Jamillia of Naboo in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. I thought it was kind of interesting, anyway.

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