Hifsa Ashraf is the recipient of a Touchstone Award for Individual Poems for 2021 for her poem
the mother’s lullaby
— (kontinuum: kortárs haiku/contemporary haiku 1.1)
Commentary from the Panel:
“Who hasn’t been there. You’re tired and stressed from a long day at work, and you just want to get back home as hassle-free as possible. On a deeper level the train, plane, or bus commute also makes you feel “alone in a crowd,” especially at night. More existential still, maybe you feel like “a motherless child a long way from home” in the words of that old spiritual. These and other implied circumstances set the scene for us in the opening line. And then we hear a song. Not someone’s cellphone music that we dread, but rather a mother’s lullaby for the baby she cradles in her arms. A homely act which changes nothing, and yet transforms everything, about the circumstances. We are comforted now, more at peace. Each and all of us, within the sound of her voice.”
See the complete list of winners of both Individual Poem Awards and Distinguished Books Awards in the Touchstone Archives.