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From the archives

The Path of Poetic Resistance

To disarm Canada and its canon

Are Interests Really Value-Free?

A salvo from the “realist” school of Canadian foreign relations

Going It Alone

The marvellous, single-minded, doggedly strange passion of citizen scientists

 

downloading her first iTunes under her daughter’s supervision

daughter’s 20 dollar gift card weighing heavily on her

what do you want mom  what do you want to download

Mrs. Sharma can only have one intelligent response

she says Oh Canada the Vancouver 2010 version

costs 99 cents so very affordable

Mrs. Sharma wants to memorize Canadian anthem

drive it deep   deep down  drive away doubts

 

driving downtown to dreary job

she listens to the Indian anthem

Jana Gana Mana adhinayaka jaya he …

singing it in Sanskrit original tune and Bollywood adaptation

7 different versions

listens  repeatedly  listens

brings schooldays back for Mrs. Sharma

lining up at 6 am outside school building facing black nuns

light blue blouse  dark blue skirt  red tie  black shoes

biting nails to keep them clean

reciting Our father who art in heaven

followed by national anthem

 

No line ups now no recitations either

Mrs. Sharma yells   damn it

Neha Sonpar is an Edmonton poet and short story writer. Her writings explore the dilemmas and frustrations of Asian immigrants as they integrate into the Albertan mainstream culture. She is a member of the Canadian Authors Association and is part of the Strathcona Writing Circle.

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