Death Before Cremation
by Priyanka Singh
A collection of poetry that deals with sad thoughts, incidents and memories. Talks about love, loss, grief, , loneliness and bad memories, possibly depression, guilt, suicidal tendencies, thoughts and self-worth. It also vaguely aims at understanding the whole process and stages of depression.
A few excerpts (poems) :
Who doesn’t grieve the departure of a lover?
Even if you accept,
The splitting of paths.
are not made of the same pathways.
No matter how much you long to travel together
But you did not grieve, I should have known,
You switch paths for fun,
You travel often.
~ The Traveler
everything on my way,
I’m left with nothing,
But isn’t it ironic that
the emptier you become,
the heavier you feel.
My skeptical mind fails to decide
What to do.
To weep about people who fail to judge me right
Or laugh at the Idiocracy
who teach metaphors to poets
Or question the experience of loss to crematoriums,
Of morons who blame the water, for thirst
Or question the humility of the soil, of this earth .
Shall I outrage or laugh at foolishness,
Of men who teach pain-resistance
to the ladies in their lives,
Who look for satisfaction in broken girls
And mere slaves in their wives.
Of friends who step back post promises,
Ungrateful to the loyalty of soldiers,
And question the strength of Pacific minds
Who carry the world on their shoulders.
Priyanka Singh is an Indian poet and law student from Central India who has done her debut as a poet through her book “Death Before Cremation” at the age of 18, in which she makes use of poetry to talk and discuss about the pain people may face in their lives. She first started writing at an early age of 8 and ten years later released her first book in 2019.