I will be judging my pub song contest tonight..
Write a poem
about the peoples and culture of India.
This is your love letter,
this can be a tribute
this can be a prayer,
this can be a gleaming,
this can be a bridge,
this is also...
a card of sympathy...
Please, dedicate your love letter to the people of India and those who are now grieving a great, great loss.
On April 24 a building, which was not built to code, crumbled in India’s clothing district during an earthquake. Yesterday, the search for their remains ended.
1,127 PEOPLE .. LOST...
India is a land of beauty and history, of gracious people, of art and spices. It is the most populace democracy in the world, and suffers poverty, malnutrition and inadequate healthcare.
India has known great pain, before, but it also has great strength.
All poems which reference India (the land, its culture, its people, its geography) in a respectful and reverent manner will be given first place.
My own poem will be given an honorable mention, so as to be included in this tribute.
Research India. Let what you learn fill your poem.
Your poem does not need to reference the events of April 24th... How you show your love is up to you. And please add any needed footnotes so the reader can fully understand your poem.
I ENCOURAGE all Soup poets who are from India to submit their poems in Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, other many other languages spoken in India. If you can include a translated version of your poem, I would be most grateful.
Here are some ideas...
Animals- Elephants, leopards, peacocks, tigers...
Architecture – the Taj Mahal. Umaid Bhawan Palace
Bindi– a dot of colour worn by the women of India
Bollywood– India’s version of Hollywood, musicals
Clothing – Churidaar kurta, sari, sarong, sherwani
Chess- originated in Northwestern India
Cuisine – curry, daal, tikka Masala, naan bread
Dance– Folk dances: Bhangra, Bihu, Ghumura Dance, Sambalpuri, Chhau and Garba
Faiths – Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism
Flowers – the lotus, orchids, champa, rajanigandha
Ganges – is the longest river in India. It runs 1,500 miles
Ghandhi Mahatama Ghandhi led the non-violent resistance which led to the country’s independence in 1947
Henna – used in weddings to decorate the hands and arms with intricate patterns
Languages – Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, other
Music – some of the instruments used: pattu, punji, sitar, tabla
Prana– our life-force or energy
Sports – Field hockey, cricket, soccer
Vaasta Shastra – similar to feng shui,
White – the colour worn by mourners at Hindu funerals..
Yoga – a spiritual, physical and mental practice that originated in India
I hope these ideas inspire you...
Thank you and namaste to all...
My own example...
MADE IN BANGLADESH
Beloved, your ear is a small shell; I will whisper Om Namah Narayana
Beloved, our lovely daughter is too young to tell, Om Namah Narayana
You were water, my life, a spring from which I’ll never again draw
You were pure joy, my wife, again I moan, Om Namah Narayana
I will dress you in red for you were a ruby, even the sun set in awe,
I will live though I am dead; Lord Vishnu, I groan, Om Namah Narayana
Here, kneels the remains of a man, already despair has begun to gnaw
Here, my soul drains, as I once more whimper, Om Namah Narayana
We will fight for change.. forever... forever... til every frozen heart thaws
And may those guilty ... never... oh, never.... hear Om Namah Narayana
* This is a very loose Ghazal... the rhyme scheme/syllable count is not true to the form, but it does have the voice of a Ghazal.