The Dandelion Seed
A collection of poetry about love and war. More
I started this collection of poetry on a bus ride to Costa Rica’s stretch of the Caribbean, a place that has always inspired me to absorb the Now. The first poem is a tribute to that sandy slice of our Earth and a homage to Anacristina Rossi, author of the novel Limón Blues, a story recounting the harsh history that lingers beneath the sweet scents and the coconut-laden palms. I wrote the next eight poems at one of my favorite places, Rancho Margot, while working as a volunteer. This includes the three Landai poems I wrote after reading an article in The New York Times magazine about Afghan women seeking solace and personal expression through poetry. I wrote that last six poems where I am currently staying. The day I finished the last poem in this collection, I was gifted an elegant pencil. The pencil housed a brand new eraser at its tip, which the person who presented the pencil indicated as a useful instrument for those times when I might write something that needed to be erased. I decided to end this collection on that note, without using the eraser.