A Reader's Reflection on The Namesake

April 30, 2018

Jhumpa Lahiri, I beg thee, explain
The Jekyll-and-Hyde personality
The Namesake so effortlessly maintains.
Thy prose expresses such tranquility
Like a stream’s water, it flows in smooth waves.
Thy writing voice is ever crisp and calm,
This voice, I can only relish and rave
As I relax under its soothing balm.
Yet, intensity hides in the pages
Crackling like an underfoot autumn leaf,
Reminding this world, for all the ages
That in the writing world, thou art a chief.
Classic is this book, right next to Doyle’s,
Cool and high-strung, a spring’s resting coils.

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