Poet’s Corner: Dispatches from the Olympic Games

Poetic acrobatics, endurance and musings by Priscila Uppal - a London 2012 LRC blog.

Aug 30

Poem: Three Views of a Ramp

I

I know where my father has been
by where the ramps are
blooming—sticking out their stems
to capture a stream of light.


II

Skateboarders zig zag about squirrels and suitcases
                                                                tagging                                                                 the minutes and hours with wheels, wheels, and                                                                                                                         more                                                                                                                         wheels jumping queues through lateral circumvention—racing shadows and the imprints of rubber                                                                                                                         memories                                                                                                                           to the                                                                                                                           exit.

III

World weary
travellers
messages
in their bottles.

Uphill climb
to the top
of the podium.

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"Three Views of a Ramp" is the first in a series of daily poems written by Priscila Uppal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. During the 2012 Olympics, she published 38 poems inspired by our athletes here at Poet’s Corner and around the web.

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