“last lines” is the title of a collaborative poem written by the English for Life class under the guidance of Lindsay MacGregor in partnership with the Creative Writing Department of the University of Dundee. The poem was selected to be part of an International anthology entitled ‘The Voyage Out’ which was launched in the RRS Discovery on Friday 16th September 2016. A compilation of the poem is published by Dundee University’s Creative Writing Department to celebrate their 10th year anniversary. The theme of the anthology “The Voyage Out” was chosen as Dundee was and still is associated with international travelling. DIWC was asked to contribute as our learners have made long journeys to be in Dundee – journeys home, learning a foreign language and into new areas of hope and fear.
there is no word for first light
it's more like find yourself
study - play - talk to the other
come back in the same way
arrive at the night in an army town
did I know I'd leave before you knew?
my heart is still on my country road
small fish and smoke
bokharat kapsa cardamom jackfruit
honey cake apple cake
father's farm of rice and sweet potatoes
what is in your suitcase? it seems so heavy
your name ? your family? your country?
someone's always choosing for us
leaving the shade of Lakshmi's green dome, walking
across a filed of white birds and blueberries
we forget the hard thing happened
find our balance