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Dreams of India

Her music haunts me
in such a knowing way
it makes me weep
and causes my heart to ache.

I become homesick for her
scents, her sounds, her food,
her enchanting dance
which spawns dreams
of her romance.

I know in my heart
I have lived there,
I know, I have loved there.

Her poetry transcends
my spirit to encompass
a wholeness that is
so familiar to me.

I dream of the Ganges ,
and her gentle cleansing flow,
of reflections on its surface
when the moon is hanging low.

Of crickets singing nightly
to serenade me to sleep.
I dream of colors of the saris,
the beauty that they keep...

Of garlands placed with care,
a gajra in a maiden's hair
and the hues of floral leis.

I hold a reverence for Hindu 
gods and goddesses.
I aspire to learn the sacredness
of varmala in the seeds of
past lifetimes I have shared.

A passion grows for those
whose love glows through their 
auras to welcome strangers.

I'd love to share a cup of chai
to chat with friends in open air.

I long to return home, though
I have never been there.

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a gajra: flowers which females use as a decoration 
for their hair.

Varmala: is a tradition from ancient times where a beautiful garland of flowers symbolizes a proposal of marriage. In the tradition of Swayamvar. A female would choose her life partner from a group of suitors by placing a flower garland around the neck of her chosen man. Once the girl had made her choice, a marriage ceremony would be held right away.

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Date: 1/16/2019 8:22:00 PM
Hello Connie … India is a country that has so much culture that spans for centuries and is such a lure for an outsider. A lovely poem Connie - Lindsay
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 1/16/2019 10:56:00 PM
Thank you very much Lindsay. I am drawn to India and wish I could go one day. : )
Date: 1/16/2019 6:13:00 AM
Your poem beautifully evokes for me, times spent in India - this life and possibly...? You have described the intense stimulation of all the senses - remarkable for one who has not been there (this life!). Well written! Connie.
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Date: 1/16/2019 10:57:00 PM
Thank you Geoffrey. I do feel a strong connection to India, perhaps from a past life. : )
Date: 1/15/2019 6:08:00 PM
" Wow, Connie.. A beautiful free verse.. Imagery is off the charts.. Excellent.. I feel as if I am there.... You have penned a masterpeice!! Many blessings..
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Date: 1/16/2019 10:58:00 PM
Thank you very much for your wonderful comment Robertina. IT is a lovely country. : )
Date: 1/14/2019 10:55:00 AM
What a wonderful description on this poem. Makes me feel like you have been there. Well done. love phyl
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Date: 1/16/2019 10:59:00 PM
I wish...one day maybe. Until then I can watch movies from India and enjoy it that way. Thanks Phyl. : )
Date: 1/12/2019 4:43:00 PM
Such a beautiful tribute to India, you make it real. Never there, but it comes alive. Congrats on this deserving POTD honor, Connie
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Date: 1/13/2019 4:18:00 PM
I enjoy watching movies made in India so I am familiar with the lovely scenery and some of the customs there Sandra. I am glad it seemed real to you. Thank you very much! : ) xxoo
Date: 1/12/2019 1:55:00 AM
Oh! I just came across this - wonderfiul! I love that idea of being homesick for somewhere you’ve never been... and yet you describe it so vibrantly that you take us all there! Gorgeous poem!
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Date: 1/13/2019 4:15:00 PM
Thank you so much Nina. I am glad you enjoyed it. You know what a big fan I am of your poetry. : ) xxo
Date: 1/11/2019 9:17:00 PM
BIG CONGRATS. If you ever wish to visit INDIA, please be my guest. I will welcome you in airport with 'Gajra' Love. You can soup mail me.
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Date: 1/13/2019 3:44:00 PM
You are such a special soul Anisha! Thank you. I will soupmail you right now! We wear flowers in our hair here in Hawaii too. : ) xxoo
Date: 1/11/2019 3:26:00 PM
My scarce presence @ Soup of late is the main reason I missed out on this beauty, Connie! It is a poem which comes from deep within, a yearning for something which you wish for with all your heart and soul. I too would love to go to India, and like you I once wrote a poem on these same lines, but yours is much better than mine. A fav and belated congrats on p.o.t.d. Regards // paul
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Date: 1/11/2019 3:31:00 PM
Oh thank you Paul. I have been busy too taking care of the granddaughters for a month they were out of school. They just returned Tuesday. I so appreciate we have this beautiful country in common. Thank you so much for the Fave. I haven't been able to share this at PFT because Emile may read it and it is entered in his free verse contest. Please post your India poem at PFT. Aloha, Connie : ) xxoo
Date: 1/10/2019 1:24:00 PM
Whoa!! No dating to figure if compatible. Creative work. Enjoyed reading ..Sara
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Date: 1/10/2019 2:36:00 AM
Request for the issue #4 of the literary magazine Poesis Poesis Literary Magazine (http://poesis-journal.com/ ) is an independent, international, free-access literary journal. We are an online journal, exclusively. It’s like a desert where you can build your literary home. We publish quarterly, and we accept submissions year-round. Make sure to send us your work as soon as possible so that we have the chance to consider it for the next issue. Good luck!
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Date: 1/9/2019 1:04:00 PM
Many congrats on POTD, a little late wishes.... The way you depicted about Mother River Ganga, sarees, barmala.... They really are in that way and more than that.... I wish you sometime visit gangotri-tapowan trek.... You'll definitely see the serenity of the river and the atmosphere and the beauty of peaks Bhagirathi! Congratulations on your win again!
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Date: 1/9/2019 8:21:00 PM
Wish you and your family a happy and prosperous new year :)
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Date: 1/9/2019 2:10:00 PM
Thank you very much Ashok. I am the one who is honored with your lovely comment. It means so much that I have depicted India as you say it is. Living in Hawaii, it is too far for me to travel to your side of the world. I seldom travel anymore. I am sure I would find India very beautiful and feel at home there. I appreciate your wonderful comment my friend. Have a blessed new year! : )
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Date: 1/9/2019 1:06:00 PM
Also I hearty appreciate to observe and write about the culture of Bharat (India)..... It's such an honour for us.... Thank you for your penned poetry!
Date: 1/8/2019 5:09:00 PM
Congratulations on your POTD! Who would believe a stewardess could write about India, without once mentioning the Kama Sutra? You did a great write on aspects of their culture, but we are all left wishing Donald Trump would visit and learn something about being polite and considerate of others! Aloha! Rico
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Date: 1/9/2019 1:41:00 PM
I agree Rico about his learning to be diplomatic. As for your questio, in this case I felt less is more. Thank you for your great comment. Blessings for this new year Rico! : )
Date: 1/8/2019 2:59:00 PM
It is poetry like this that keeps hearts singing and hope alive through dark and lonely times and drowns out thoughts that would fire up passions of a destructive nature. You are Setting standard on soup for 2019. Best regards David in NZ
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Date: 1/9/2019 1:46:00 PM
Wow David, what a honor your comment is for me. I so appreciate what you have said. I love what I have seen of NZ. I used to live there half of every week for about two years. My closet had to be filled with summer and winter clothes year round. Thank you very much David. Blessings for a wonderful new year! : )
Date: 1/7/2019 3:12:00 PM
Oh, Connie! This is so well done. It's an instant FAVE for me. The whole tenor of the poem is so enchanting and alluring, and then that last couplet "...though I have never been there." It's a huge WOW! (soupmail). Best wishes and congrats on POTD! ~ Gershon
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Date: 1/8/2019 10:31:00 AM
Thank you so very much for your wonderful encouraging comment and for faving my poem Gershon. I am a big fan of your poetry so this means a lot to me. Thank you my friend. Blessings for a fantastic new year! : ) xxoo
Date: 1/6/2019 5:03:00 PM
I absolutely love this one, Connie. It's one of your best and I see it got a POTD. Time to add a new Fave to my list. So you never saw India? I just love the movies from there, Bollywood, the spicy food. I think it would be amazing to visit and I am so drawn to their belief system as well! a soupie for ya.
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Date: 1/8/2019 10:35:00 AM
I agree Andrea. It is a country dear to my heart. Thank you very much for the fave and your wonderful comment. You know how much I value your opinion. I appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to stop by. : ) xxoo
Date: 1/5/2019 10:44:00 PM
Dreams of being somewhere, that you have only dreamed about. Yes, I think we all can relate. This is beautiful and from the heart. Congratulations Connie, on Poem of the Day. :) Brandy
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Date: 1/6/2019 12:17:00 AM
Thank you very much Brandy. India is close to my heart! Have a blessed new year! : ) xxoo
Date: 1/5/2019 7:11:00 AM
Brilliant deep poem Connie.. Congrats on POTD also..
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Date: 1/5/2019 11:32:00 PM
Thank you very much Silent. I watch movies filmed in India and their music and scenery inspires me so. : ) xxoo
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Date: 1/5/2019 11:22:00 PM
Thank you very much Silent. I enjoy watching movies shot in India. Have a great new year! : ) xxoo
Date: 1/5/2019 12:50:00 AM
The end twist adds a talented dramatic touch to the beauty in this poem that engulfs one's senses from start to finish. I see it got POTD and I'm glad so many are open to all this poem expresses, the idea of that many like-minded people is a wonderful one. Congrats on POTD with this beauty that is probably podium bound in the contest. Love ... CayCay (I hope your eyes made it to today okay)
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Date: 1/5/2019 3:48:00 PM
Thank you CayCay I am struggling with my sight today but will feel much better tomorrow. I appreciate your insightful comment my friend! : ) xxoo : )
Date: 1/4/2019 7:53:00 PM
Beautiful poetry, Connie. Perhaps you were there...sure sounds like it to me. Lovely poem! Congratulations on POTD honors...Happy New Year ~Charlie
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Date: 1/5/2019 2:36:00 PM
Thank you very much Charlie. I do feel a real connection to India. Have a blessed new year! : )
Date: 1/4/2019 7:44:00 PM
Loved the imagery.
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Date: 1/5/2019 2:32:00 PM
Thank you very much Valerie. Blessings for a wonderful new year! : )
Date: 1/4/2019 4:45:00 PM
Dear Connie, I am really speechless. Here, Indian smell is coming from every word, but how could it possible ?? Anyway I am very much impressed with this outstanding and amazing piece. I pray God to give more and more strength to Ur pen to add more wonders in future. 7 out of 7 from me and a fave from my side. At the end my heart full wishes to you & Ur family for New Year and Merry Christmas.With love........//Manmath
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Date: 1/5/2019 1:01:00 PM
It means a lot to me that you liked my poem of India Manmath. I so appreciate your lovely comment and Fave. I do feel such a strong connection to India. Thank you very much. Blessings for a very wonderful new year! : ) xxoo
Date: 1/4/2019 4:19:00 PM
Just wonderful. I love everything about India, but have never been there. You make the sights and smells come alive with your words. Love this!!
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Date: 1/5/2019 12:55:00 PM
Thank you very much Sherry. Blessings for a very happy New Year! : ) xxoo
Date: 1/4/2019 3:32:00 PM
Congratulations on POTD Mrs Connie. Such a enchanting read:) I always wanted to visit India, just never got around to it.
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Date: 1/5/2019 12:53:00 PM
I probably will never get there in this lifetime Danny, but maybe in the next. Thank you very much. Blessings for a most wonderful new year! : ) xxoo
Date: 1/4/2019 3:32:00 PM
Congratulations POTD.. Awesome Connie... Hugs eve
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Date: 1/5/2019 12:51:00 PM
Thank you very much Eve. Blessings for a veryhappy new year! : ) xxoo
Date: 1/4/2019 2:56:00 PM
WoW! Connie, How did I miss this well written piece? I was drawn to every line. You caused your reader to want to visit such a place. There is much beauty within this poem. I liked what I saw. Congratulations on getting the poem of the day. It was well deserved. Great job:-)Alexis
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Date: 1/5/2019 12:50:00 PM
Thank you very much Alexis. I have a connection with India tgat is unexplainable unless I actually had a past life there. Blessings for a wonderful New Year! : ) xxoo
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