Shruti Ganguly



Washington, D.C.

One of my heroes, Rabindranath Tagore, who was an Indian poet, painter, social reformer, composer and philosopher was greatly influenced by Japanese culture and the form of poetry that is the haiku. In fact, he translated Basho into his native Bengali. The Haiku form has three lines, of a 5-7-5 syllabic structure, and that short form beautifully captures and articulates the themes of nature and emotions. I too wanted to craft a sense of today and now - a commentary on a past that we need to wake up from, while setting ourselves in the change of today. As a South Asian, I believe that is our duty to build on the solidarity and history we have with our East Asian community. There have also been challenges of belonging and identity, that we have witnessed in these terrible attacks - and I wanted to address it with the final line "we do belong here" as it represents a slogan and reminder of today - that we have a right to be in this place. And we always will.

Photograph by Brian Oh
Photograph by Brian Oh


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