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India (Original Poem)

I hear much joy in the music,
View elation in the dance
Feel happiness in the laughter,
Soulful spirit in poetic romance.

I feel love in the language
Swelling in my heart.
Reverence for God and Goddess
In beloved families far apart.

I love the customs and the people
As they celebrate each day
Living life to the fullest
In their honor I wish to pray

That I may learn to be as humble
As loving and as kind,
To be blessed by elder wisdom
In every senior that I find.

This is a gift to give my children
To open their sleepy little eyes.
To see the value in rejoicing,
To reach for stars up in the skies.

When they learn this knowledge 
To listen well to the sages,
They will know of sacred secrets
Handed down through the ages.



India (New Poem)

Handed down through the ages,
India's Gods and Goddesses call
Out to me from sacred places.

I want to bathe in Ganges waters,
Be there when monsoons arrive,
View Holi's colors on happy faces.

I wish to absorb all the beauty,
Mix with all the friendly people
And sing in celebration's song.

I want to enjoy the festive music
And watch the dancers dancing,
I wish to truly feel that I belong.

I'd revere every God and Goddess,
Have respect for all Gods I know not.
I'd love to learn of Ganesha's power.

I want to meditate in floral gardens
Contemplate by reflective pools...
Connect my spirit to the Lotus flower.

I would take my small camera with me
And shoot all the sights and sounds,
Share my heart with natives blissfully.

I'd love to share in children's laughter.
Share my thoughts and culture too.
I'd treasure my time in India eternally.

Famous Last Line
March 9, 2016

Holi:
Holi, the Festival of Colors. Holi is celebrated as a welcoming of Spring, and a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. What that translates to in action is an enthusiastic dropping of inhibitions, as people chase each other and playfully splash colorful paint, powder and water on each other. People also attend bonfires to commemorate the story of Prahlada.

Ganges:
Hindus consider the waters of the Ganga to be both pure and purifying. Nothing reclaims order from disorder more than the waters of the Ganga. Moving water, as in a river, is considered purifying in Hindu culture because it is thought to both absorb impurities and take them away. What the Ganga removes, however, is not necessarily physical dirt, but symbolic dirt; it wipes away the sins of the bather, not just of the present, but of a lifetime.

Ganesha:
He is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. In fact, Ganesha is one of the five prime Hindu deities (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga being the other four) whose idolatry is glorified as thepanchayatana puja.

Lotus Flower:
The Lotus, the national flower of India, is a symbol of supreme reality. Hindu religion and mythology portray goddess Saraswathi, the muse of learning, as being seated on a lotus flower. To the Indian psyche, the lotus is more than a flower – it represents both beauty and non-attachment. There is a saying that although it grows in mud, it smells of myrrh. Toru Dutt in her sonnet “The Lotus” addresses the flower as the “queenliest flower that blows.”

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Date: 8/22/2016 11:29:00 PM
Wonderful Connie...enjoyed every word! :) Sunita
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 8/23/2016 1:13:00 AM
Thank you so much Sunita. It was my pleasure writing about your wonderful country. Hugs, Connie : )
Date: 4/17/2016 10:39:00 AM
You are welcome to India anytime:) great write:)
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Date: 4/18/2016 7:47:00 AM
Thank you very much Jo. I would love to visit one day. Blessings, Connie P.S. Ravindra just translated both poems into Hindi. I am thrilled! ; )
Date: 4/5/2016 4:19:00 AM
Thanks for reminding me dear friend. Sorry that because of some other problems I started working on the Poem but could not complete it and it may take some more days to take it up. I will let you know and would send you a copy the day I finish it and place it on Hindi Poetry soup with information to you. Love and BW always..Ravindra K Kapoor
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Date: 4/5/2016 6:10:00 AM
Thank you very much Ravindra. That is so nice of you. Blessings, Connie
Date: 4/4/2016 10:12:00 AM
So glad to have found and read this wonderful poem this morn my friend. Your talent , heart and creativity really shines with this gem.A7
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 4/5/2016 6:12:00 AM
Thank you very much Robert. I am behind in my answering and comments, but will do the best I can to catch up. : )
Date: 3/24/2016 8:03:00 AM
This also goes as a favorite one of mine Connie. I will let you know when I post the Hindi translation of your beautiful Poem. Love and best wishes always...Ravindra K Kapoor
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Date: 4/4/2016 5:45:00 AM
Thank you so very much for the fave Ravindra! Translation takes quite some time. I have only translated one poem that was Russian with the help of an English translator. It took some time. Bless you my friend. Aloha, Connie ; )
Date: 3/24/2016 5:36:00 AM
I missed this Gem of yours Connie and am reading it today with my heart full of gratitude, warmth and good wishes for a sweet distant friend who loves some of the most beautiful things of our faith & country although being away, far away from the land of my country. Soon I am going to translate it in Hindi and would be placing it on face book and also on Jagran Junction (A Hindi platform for placing articles/ Poetry etc) Thank you so much dear friend telling me about this Poetic Gem.conti..
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 3/24/2016 9:25:00 PM
How wonderful that you will translate the poem into Hindi. I am so honored by that sweet gesture Ravindra. I would love to see how it looks in Hindi and look forward to hearing from you my friend. Thank you for your lovely comments. Namaste, Connie ; )
Date: 3/20/2016 11:49:00 PM
Hi Connie, I meant LINDA, not Lina. LOL... PD
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 3/21/2016 1:15:00 AM
Thank you much Linda. I knew what you meant. No worries. My Kindle has me making tons of mistakes with its auto correct. ; )
Date: 3/20/2016 11:41:00 PM
Connie, Congratulations on your awesome "Famous last line win." ~LINA~
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Date: 3/19/2016 11:24:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, Connie. Janice
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 3/21/2016 3:02:00 AM
Thank you Janice. ; )
Date: 3/18/2016 7:57:00 PM
Connie, congratulations on Laura’s Famous Last Line Contest win! Hug Eve
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 3/21/2016 3:03:00 AM
Thank you much Eve. ; )
Date: 3/18/2016 2:55:00 PM
Both of your poems are so full of imagery and beauty, and written so well. Congratulations on your placement in the contest. Hugs, Sandra
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 3/21/2016 1:17:00 AM
Thank you very much, Sandra, for such nice comments. ; )
Date: 3/18/2016 9:12:00 AM
This is so so lovely, dear Connie!! Both your poems are so beautiful!! Congratulations on your wonderful win, I hope you do visit India sometime!!
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Date: 3/21/2016 1:18:00 AM
How very kind of you Sneha. India is poetry to me. Hugs, Connie
Date: 3/17/2016 11:12:00 PM
Beautiful poems, both. congratulations. Love, Joyce
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 3/18/2016 4:10:00 AM
Thank you Joyce. ; )
Date: 3/17/2016 5:36:00 PM
Congrats on your win, Connie :)
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Date: 3/17/2016 5:09:00 PM
Hi Connie, congratulations on the win in the contest. You place before us two wonderful writes. Gentle words that fly so high my friend. Both writes are excellent. This poem is a blessing today. I needed to find a little peace and your poetry has given me this. A definite seven Connie and into my faves goes this beautiful deuce....Vlad.
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 3/18/2016 4:12:00 AM
Thank you so very much for the fave and for your meaningful remarks my friend. Aloha, Connie ; )
Date: 3/17/2016 11:41:00 AM
Connie, this was different and very interesting. Thank you for being a part of my contest and congrats on your placement :)-luloo *Smiles*
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 3/17/2016 4:04:00 PM
Thank you for my second placement luloo. There are so many wonderful entries. I am very honored with such a high placement. I appreciate being able to share my older poem with my newer one. Cheers, Connie
Date: 3/13/2016 10:01:00 PM
Lovely take on the subject ;) Wonderful
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Date: 3/13/2016 12:37:00 PM
Quite expressive, ma'am. And we would love to welcome you with warm wishes. :) I wish that you visit India in this life.
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 3/13/2016 10:34:00 PM
I hope to visit, but if not...maybe in the next life. Thank you for your kind words. I very much appreciate them. Aloha, Connie
Date: 3/10/2016 7:00:00 PM
Enchanted by this offering, Connie and wish you best of luck in the contest. These words are from your heart, propelled to higher realms from the gentle and earnest spirit you possess. During my time in India, I noted well the people's strength that arises from belief and daily acts, driven by genuine conviction. Your poem revived my sentiments completely.
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Date: 3/11/2016 6:02:00 AM
I would love to visit India one day, but it may have to be in my next life. Their music touches me to the point of tears. It is beautiful. India is poetry! Thank you my friend. It is always a joy to hear from you. Namaste. ; )
Date: 3/10/2016 1:04:00 PM
A 7 and a definite favourite! Totally delightful with a sublime sentiment. Well done Connie!! Best wishes, Keith
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Date: 3/11/2016 6:04:00 AM
How wonderful you like this enough to fave it Keith. I really appreciate the honor. Thank you my friend. ; )
Date: 3/10/2016 1:00:00 PM
such a ritualistic melody filled with mysticism.. love how you captured the profound essence of indian spirit, connie!..huggs
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 3/11/2016 6:06:00 AM
I enjoy watching films and documentries about India, though I have never been. Thank you for your encouraging words Nette.; )
Date: 3/10/2016 6:27:00 AM
You put a lot of effort into these pieces and I really appreciate the end result. 7 all the way.
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Date: 3/9/2016 9:19:00 PM
Certainly a learning page for me Connie with two beaut poems - thank you Connie - Lindsay
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Date: 3/9/2016 6:20:00 PM
Excellent Connie...both are great...good luck in the contest
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Date: 3/9/2016 5:06:00 PM
You have done a great job here, Connie. You delivered a delightful poem and at the same time gifted us with information covered in poetic wrapping. India has always attracted me; my cousin did missionary work there for many years and she was full of praise for this eastern country. #7 ~ Regards // paul
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 3/11/2016 6:21:00 AM
You gift me with such meaningful comments Paul and I truly appreciate it. Thank you very much my friend. Hugs, Connie ; )
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