Blessing by Imitiaz Dharker

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Blessing By Imtiaz Dharker
The skin cracks like a pod
There is never enough water
Imagine the drip of it,
The small splash, echo
In a tin mug
The voice of a kindly god
Sometimes, the sudden rush
Of fortune. The municipal pipe bursts,
Silver crashes to the ground
And the flow has found
A roar of tongues. From the huts,
A congregation: every man woman
Child for streets around
Butts in, with pots,
Brass, copper, aluminium
Plastic buckets
Frantic hands,
And naked children
Screaming in the liquid sun,
Their highlights polished to perfection,
Flashing light,
As the blessing sings
Over their small bones.

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The simile in line 1 " the skin cracks like a pod" is effective because the poet has decided to
bring in the topic of the dryness that is present without telling the reader that she is going to
be talking about the dryness of the land. It is effective as the writer has found a way to
emphasis the dryness that is present.…read more


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