November shall have been a sombre monthlike breath fetched from the navel of the earthto say a word of ending. Novembershall be a solemn month, recipientof sides dashed down by rainfall, human turf.The grass lashes. Flames ascend. The ash beda patch beneath god-eyebrow sky collectsa lifetime like the water’s look. This monthnods its face downwards. This was November.Someone has died. Who hardly knows this.
by Vahni Capildeo
© Vahni Capildeo, 2009
Vahni Capildeo was born in Trinidad in 1973, and has lived in the UK
since 1991. She is a Contributing Editor and the UK agent and
representative for the Caribbean Review of Books. She is also a Contributing Advisor to Black Box Manifold, the University of Sheffield e-zine, and a member of the International Advisory Board for the Journal of Indo-Caribbean Studies.
This poem is from a series entitled 'Winter to Winter', and appears in the collection Undraining Sea,
which was published by Egg Box last month. A poem from this book was
Highly Commended in the Forward Poetry Prize, 2009. A second collection
by Vahni Capildeo, Dark & Unaccustomed Words, is due out from Egg Box in 2010. You can find out more about Capildeo here, and hear her read some of her poems here.
Egg Box is a small, independent poetry publisher
based in Norwich, run by young poet Nathan Hamilton. It is rapidly
establishing a strong reputation for its freshness of approach and keen
eye for talented newcomers. Click here to visit Egg Box's website.