BY JAN HAAG

POETRY + ESSAYS + MUSIC + TRAVEL + FICTION + TEXTILE ART

INTRODUCTION + HAAG'S BIO





THE ORIGINS OF THE WORLD

6-28-97


As Father was making a long slow death,
with no teeth and no eyes,
and the sheets had to be changed

or rearranged from time to time,
I couldn't help but observe --
with fascination

as he became as skelatal
as an Indian Sadhu --
the nubbin

that had been his
"organ of generation "
and to think, pushing my thoughts

right up against that wall of stone
in my mind where I can think up to
but not beyond --

how, THAT, was where I
(and my brother and sister)
had come from,

a little tailed swimming thing
gestated in my mother's
"tummy" --

(a doctor had once let me
peer through an optic fiber at her
azalea pink and peach colored womb)

-- born as
ME.
That little nubbin,

cold within the shrinking flesh
with a catheter
draining away the 80-to-90% of Father

that was water,
until his bones were almost as naked as his body,
visible, fragile, his beautiful skin turning to pale gold,

and only his hands
-- with his gold and emerald ring --
remaining as they had been: strong,

capable.







Copyright © 2000 Jan Haag
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Jan Haag may be reached via e-mail: jhaag@u.washington.edu





A FEMINIST DAUGHTER'S FATHER POEMS

Father

A Father's Death

Phillip Morton Smith

Pursuing Her Father

The Origins of the World



DEVAYANI POEMS

Feeding Frenzy

Gifts

India

Khajuraho

Lung-gom-pas

Nothing


OTHER POETRY ABOUT INDIA

Elura

Crossroads


TRAVEL STORIES ABOUT INDIA

Vijayanagar

The Wedding in Mahabaleshwar

Passing Through Bodh Gaya.


TEXTILE ART BASED ON INDIAN ICONOGRAPHY AND MUSIC

IXX Tintal Coin Purse

XX Kaida, Tabla Covers

XXI Tukra, Tabla Covers

XXII Mukhra-Tukra-Chakradar

XXIII The Ten Thats






BY JAN HAAG


POETRY + MUSIC + ESSAYS + TRAVEL + FICTION + TEXTILE ART

INTRODUCTION + HAAG'S BIO



21st CENTURY ART, C.E. - B.C., A Context