Golden Light

There’s a time of day

to witness nature’s crown in the sky.

One can say with some honesty

that customary mornings 


make the magic of incantatory forms

dissipate and not quite appear

as they do around sunset.

That’s the perfect point

to catch golden inflections.

When the curtain of light

opens itself.

When the evening clouds

are in repose

and no longer believe in spreading

their day-long expanse of lucid blue. 

This particular day,

my eyes could see

a final blink from the sun,

appearing without any inhibition,

like melting butter,

as if the ancestors themselves

were purveyors of this beauty. 


Such a canvas is somber.

The crows becoming incarnates

of the departed

and those stoic cows are at leisure,

patches of pleasant white and brown

with the green around them,

as I feed them

customary portions of the day’s feast. 

Witnessing all this is the river

around whom a ministry of faith

rings in evening bell tolls

and distant incantations;

a sacred geometry since ancient awakenings. 

This scenery,

the sun soft and dappled with life,

a whole lineage reminisced in prayer,

build up the laws of life

and an almost incantatory mystery

is in all of this,

a mute songcraft only heard by a few.

The rituals of the day

and a reprieve to the soul

always bathed in golden light. 

NOTE: This poem is based on the Hindu/ Indian tradition of Pitrapaksha, in which we pray for departed elders, preparing a vegetarian feast in their name and then offering portions of it to crows and cows, in sacred consonance with them being symbols of the soul, of the mortal world. 

PRITHVIJEET SINHA is from Lucknow, India. He holds an MPhil from the University of Lucknow, having launched his prolific writing career by self publishing on the worldwide community Wattpad since 2015 and on his WordPress blog An Awadh Boy’s Panorama. Besides that, his works have been published in several publications such as Hudson Valley Writers Guild, Piker Press Online, the anthology Pixie Dust and All Things Magical (Authors Press, January 2022), Cafe Dissensus, The Medley, Screen Queens, Confluence- South Asian Perspectives, Reader’s Digest, Borderless Journal, Lothlorien Poetry, LiveWire, Rhetorica Quarterly, Ekphrastic Review, The Quiver Review, Dreich Magazine, Visual Verse and in the children’s anthology Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Poems From Around The World (AuthorsPress, February 2021), among others. His life force resides in writing.