The days have become bright,
like the trees wallowing in the rain.
The days have become loving,
like the Chinese dragon spewing fire.
The days have become festive,
like the wind blowing at the trees.
The nights have become bright,
like gloomy Santa clause.
The nights have become loving,
like the fire amongst the couple.
The nights have become festive,
like the Japanese lanterns lit at Halloween.
The nights have become busy,
like the snowfall along the roadside.
The days have become noisy,
like hailstones falling on the ground.
Rishan Singh was amongst the final five finalists at the 2014 eThekwini Municipality’s Library Awards in Durban where he had been chosen from 20 semi-finalists. His poems have been published in books and journals in South Africa and overseas. In addition to his poems, his fiction writing also appears in books published in the United States and elsewhere. He received the Golden Key International Award for academic excellence in 2008. However, apart from (and in addition to) the former, he is recognised by many as being an international leading scholar.