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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 Devata and Devi. 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. 1-2-19 Free Verse Style Only Poetry Contest~N/A~ 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. ~Poem of the Day January 4, 2019~ 'I Got a Darn NA Again' Contses Sponsor Luloo

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Date: 2/26/2020 1:09:00 PM
Hello Connie Marcum Wong, just by reading your poem made me feel like i was there. Have a nice day my friend.
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Darlene De Beaulieu
Date: 2/27/2020 12:54:00 PM
Yes that is so true Connie you know it is nice to see the different cultural the way people live.Also to try different foods. I find that interesting. Have anice day my friend.
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 2/26/2020 3:00:00 PM
Thank you very much Darlene. If we could all appreciate our cultural differences we might be able to live in harmony with other countries. xxoo
Date: 10/13/2019 4:21:00 AM
Deep knowledge of India, holy Ganga ,gajra ,varmala , chai ,sarees etc.are nicely panned. If you like to visit India. You are most welcome .Have a pleasant day.
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 2/26/2020 3:03:00 PM
I regret I never answered your most beautiful response to this poem Arjun. I was extremely busy at the time looking after my seven year old granddaughters and I just could not fit in time for poetry then. I appreciate this kind comment more than you know. Thank you so very much. xxoo
Date: 10/8/2019 1:07:00 AM
Dreams of India, Such authentic understanding of Indian milieu and culture, gajra, swayamvara, and the like! Congrats.
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Date: 7/5/2019 4:41:00 PM
So evocative Connie. I was once there for three weeks and this brought it all back. The place that pulls me I have never been is Egypt. Someday....
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Date: 7/4/2019 3:58:00 PM
Charming, Connie. I have never been to India but I can feel the depth of the country from your poem. Congratulations on your win. // Barry.
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Date: 7/4/2019 8:14:00 AM
Congratulations, Connie, on your top podium win with this beautiful, romantic, fascinating poem! I am thrilled that you had a second chance to share this jewel and for it to receive the gold it deserves! Best regards. Pandita
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Date: 7/4/2019 2:07:00 AM
This poem deserved due recognition from the very start, Connie. I loved it first time I read it. Congratulations on a most merited top placement. ~ Warm regards // paul
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Date: 5/13/2019 7:21:00 AM
Great work, Connie. In India we do not have Gods and Goddesses, this is the Western misnomers, instead we have Devata and Devi, they are not God or Goddess.
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 5/13/2019 11:11:00 AM
Thank you so much for informing me of this. I appreciate it and have changed it. Blessings, Connie : )
Date: 5/2/2019 3:41:00 AM
As one person said: "It is good if a pilgrim has an opportunity to visit Varanasi, but it is better if he carries Varanasi in his heart". Beautiful poetry, Connie.
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Date: 4/18/2019 4:58:00 AM
You must go. There are so many wonderful and enchanting things there. And plenty of very kind people. Although my memories are from 30 years back, it hold a great place in my heart too. Kai
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 4/18/2019 9:17:00 PM
Thank you Kai. Maybe oneday. I have offers from poets who tell me they would meet me to show me around...very tempting but my husband is ill and I won't leave him alone. : ) xxoo
Date: 1/26/2019 8:35:00 AM
Connie, what a beautiful poem, I love it, I cannot believe it did not place, that makes no sense to me, well it got a deserved POTD on Jan 4 and will get a FAV from me today and I adore that image too ~
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 4/18/2019 9:18:00 PM
Thank you so very much for faving this poem. It is special to me and it was enough that it was chosen POTD. I appreciate you faving it. Hugs, Connie xxoo
Date: 1/25/2019 8:10:00 PM
Oh Connie.. I just came across your excuisite poem today.. Its Republic Day here.. Believe me. Your write has a hidden tone of honest love.. I stay in a small city in India.. You really made all indians feel proud... Wishes that your dream comes true.. Would love to join Anisha in welcoming you at kolkata airport
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 1/25/2019 8:30:00 PM
Your comment has made my heart happy Debjani. You honor me with such a lovely comment. Happy 70th Republic Day! I will be looking at parade photos taken in Rajpath. The same invitation is extended to you if you ever are in my part of the world in the middle of the Pacific. Blessings and Thank you so much! : ) xxoo
Date: 1/24/2019 10:50:00 AM
Enchanting...you describe the beauty of a culture with such exquisite words dear friend. Lovely read. :) Sunita.
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 1/25/2019 8:30:00 PM
Happy 70th Republic Republic Day my friend! Thank you so much. : ) xxoo
Date: 1/23/2019 4:33:00 AM
Culture admiration at its best ... Loved it :)
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 1/23/2019 11:31:00 PM
Thank you Swetha. Very nice to meet you. Aloha, Connie
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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Connie Marcum Wong
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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Connie Marcum Wong
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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Connie Marcum Wong
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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Connie Marcum Wong
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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Connie Marcum Wong
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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Connie Marcum Wong
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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Connie Marcum Wong
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
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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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Ashok Kumar Mishra
Date: 1/9/2019 8:21:00 PM
Wish you and your family a happy and prosperous new year :)
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Connie Marcum Wong
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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Ashok Kumar Mishra
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!
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