Tenzin Tsundue’s “Exile House”

Our tiled roof dripped

and the four walls threatened to fall apart

but we were to go home soon,


we grew papyas

in front of our house

chillies in our garden

and changmas for our fences,

then pumpkins rolled down the cowshed thatch

calves trotted out of the manger,


grass on the roof,

beans sprouted and

climbed dwon the vines,

money plants crept in through the window,

our house seems to have grown roots.


The fences have grown into a jungle,

now how can I tell my children

where we came from?


Poem presented as it appears in Kora

copyright Tenzin Tsundue, 2002


  1. fiveloaf said,

    January 5, 2010 at 11:47 am

    this is a very lovely poem- executed very well- love the asian part of it! thanks to kseverny who happened to pop into my domain..

  2. william said,

    December 20, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    hello friend…..

    I hope you are well, I am a friend of Gerardines and decided to pop over to see your work and I am glad I did, lovely imagery in this poem, with an exceptional flow… to get the full meaning of poems I have to read them a few times but not with yours…

    take care..

    • December 21, 2009 at 12:51 am

      Do tell William, grins. Very kind of you to visit. You’re welcome any time. Glad you enjoyed the poetry. There’s more in the ‘pantry’ if you’re so inclined to explore more.

  3. lesliepaints said,

    December 20, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Strong images. I like how this is timeless. We grow all sorts of roots don’t we? The truth is in the roots which supply the living……pretty deep stuff. Love it. Thanks for posting this Eva.

  4. Yousei Hime said,

    December 20, 2009 at 4:43 am

    I like it too. I really like how the poem answers the question posed in the final stanza.

  5. kseverny said,

    December 20, 2009 at 2:47 am

    this is beautiful

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