Luca M Damiani
Author-Artist : Kiss&Arrow : "A Kiss to the Way We Are - An Arrow for Direction" - Poetry

We Embrace Diwali

'We Embrace Diwali' Luca M Damiani - Kiss and Arrow 2023 -
'We Embrace Diwali' Luca M Damiani - Kiss&Arrow 2023 -

At this time of darkness,

We now need Diwali

Even more than ever.


We need that touch of multiculturalism 

That fills us with joy and hope,

Rather than fear and division.


We need that touch of colours

In textured sands

And many lights


We need that touch

Of human smiles

To hug us all the way.


The good against the evil,

As a concept that I thought 

Would not really exist.


I always thought

That it was too simplistic

To define and polarise.


But extremism has now brought

So much darkness

In our eyes.


Divisions, marches for “what peace”,

Mixing views of what “that protest”

Really means.


And we truly cannot,

Even if we try,

Help but cry.


Diwali : please bring a new beginning.

Diwali : please make hope win again. 

Diwali : please give us gentle lights.


Coloured sands of dancing souls. 

Prayers, fireworks and feasts.

Lights, hugs and a kiss.


We embrace Diwali

As we now absolutely need

A light in our day.

About the Author
Luca M Dami­ani is an Artist, Author and Uni­ver­si­ty Fel­low, focus­ing his ongo­ing cre­ative prac­tice and research on diversity, dis­abil­i­ty, neu­roscience, men­tal health and nature. His work also crosses over with human rights and social design. Luca has a neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­abil­i­ty (52% impair­ment of cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem func­tion) and has had var­i­ous visu­al art books and aca­d­e­m­ic arti­cles pub­lished, as well as being exhib­it­ed inter­na­tion­al­ly. Luca has worked and col­lab­o­rat­ed with insti­tu­tions such as BMJ Med­ical Human­i­ties, Mozil­la, Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al, BBC, Sci­ence Gallery, Com­put­er Arts Soci­ety, Dis­ney, Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts Lon­don, Yale Uni­ver­si­ty, Jewish Book Council, TATE, V&A and more.
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