Fire, Flowers and River, Ganga Aarti Ceremony, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Fire, flowers and flow

In the moonlit night
Release flowers and fire
Into Ganga’s flow

For pilgrims and believers
A gift to Ganga, river goddess
Holy of holies
Source and purifier

For tourists and travellers
A ritual of participation
In the ways of a foreign land
A footprint left
A photo taken
A connection made

For myself
A remembrance of friends and family
Lost too soon, too tragically
Gone but always remembered
Like the flowers and fire
Drifting all too quickly
Down the river Ganga

Fire and Flowers
Ganga Aarti Ceremony
Parmarth Niketan Ashram
Uttarakhand, India

Taken during travels, 2017