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Daily Helping for September 30th, 2021 – Danusha Laméris – Service Station

A close up photo of Danusha Laméris. She is crossing her arms and smiling straight into the camera.

Danusha Laméris is a poet who came to me through a rec, and it was a fantastic rec. I have now spent hours going through her work and savouring each poem. They are all achingly emotional, but in a good way, and the words are always woven together so beautifully.

There were so many poems I could have chosen for today’s helping, but I decided to go with “Service Station”. It isn’t particularly long, but it somehow manages to encapsulate an entire lifetime of struggle and difficulties. Of dreams both attained and extinguished. And the determination of a mother to persevere. It hits on universal truths and deeply personal circumstances. And it highlights the importance of kindness between strangers. Of how a simple courtesy can bring hope and joy to others who may desperately need it. All in less than 300 words. It is an extraordinary feat and a beautiful poem, and I can’t wait to read everything else Danusha Laméris has ever written.

Suggestions for artists I should check out? Please contact me with your ideas. I hope you enjoyed your daily helping of art!