Timeline

by Jasleena Grewal

2009
Pass, inhale, hold, exhale.
I like obscure bands too.
I graffiti their names
Onto concrete never seen.
Take another hit.
Like me, like me, like me.

Palms together, bowed forehead.
I know what each of the ten gurus did
For Sikhs like me. And I can make chai
Like my mother.
For the Sikh man I marry.
Like me, like me, like me.

Bring x to the other side. Divide by 6.
I can help you with your math homework.
And I balance my bank account.
Like me, like me, like me.

2010: Summer
Overdrawn every week
Chalking the sidewalk corner,
where I saw my addicted brother
at an all-time low

Forgetting to sweeten the chai
Listening to radio hits.
Calculus nightmares.
And I think I like Buddhism better.

Me, me, me

Later
I met a soda-drinker
(sweetener-included)
pop music listener,
who held my hand at the Tibetan monastery.

Not keen on calculus,
But I tell him,
I love you, I love you, I love you

2011
He said:
Happy New Year.
I can’t wait to marry you.

We, we, we

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