Manasarovar Speaks


Source: Lake Manasarovar

I live in the foothills

of Mount Kailash

who has been meditating beside me

since eons.

His snowy tress matted in rocky locks

hang precariously.

I stay agape in reverence.

It is spring.

I am melting into joy

as slowly I take off

my white shawl,

putting a turquoise one

in its stead.

Soon they will come;

the brownish Brahminy ducks,

gulls, herons

and other birds of passage

to bloom on my wavy hands,

to tickle me with their webbed feet.

I’ll shiver in joyful waves

by their touch.

Along my edge

the buds have already begun

opening out their golden petals

in profusion.

They too will come;

the pilgrims.

They call me holy

and take a dip in my calmly waves

to gather piety.

I love to hear them speak

about their travails,

Woes and joys.

I offer a Brahminy duck of peace,

scent of flowers, creepers

in their heart

when they take leave of me.

I have been like this since eons.

*Lake Manasarovar (also Manas SarovarMapam Yumtso; is a freshwater lake [4,590 m (15,060 ft) above mean sea level]. This lake is considered very sacred by Tibetans Buddhist, Hindus, and Jains and appears excessively in Tibetan folk songs and dances.

Posted for dVerse Poetics: From Nature’s Point of View




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40 thoughts on “Manasarovar Speaks

  1. Nice perspective of viewing the mountain as meditation beside the lake. Also how pilgrims seek piety and the lake offers “Brahminy duck of peace,

    scent of flowers, creepers

    in their heart”

  2. I like how the river slowly comes to life and how it is a source of life – physical and spiritual for many. Lovely, gentle voice here, Sumana. 🙂

  3. Your poetic tour of this halcyon spot was beyond lovely. I love in the shadow of a fire mountain too, & the lakes around it behave just as yours did; smile.

  4. I really enjoyed the perspective of this lovely lake, being tickled by webbed feet and listening to the woes and joys of others. I could feel the serenity of this special place.

  5. Sumana, from your beautiful description, of Lake Manasarovar, I find myself, want to visit it, and just be filled with the reverence, you have so elegantly wrote, here.

  6. I have not been listening! For eons, the mountain and the lake a have listened and spoken and offered joy, and until your poem, I only seen a fraction of what they touch.

  7. Beautiful in its joy and serenity–you have captured the feel of the lake and its relationship to all that surrounds it

Thank You :)

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