Vigilance

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The Ganga begins her journey here at Devprayag

 

We never remained vigilant

So we let thunderous waves

of foreign invasions-

crush us-

we were looted-

got ourselves

killed-

now look at the confluence

of Bhagirathi and Alakananda

where the beautiful Ganga comes alive-

we are still not vigilant-

so we let the turquoise Ganga weep

till She is noir

before She pours Herself into the sea-

 

 

 

Posted for Susan’s Midweek Motif ~ Vigilance @ Poets United

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14 thoughts on “Vigilance

  1. Oh, Oh, Oh! From imperialism to pollution, from innocence to experience, this poem takes in the world and its own specific location. I have never seen the image of the beginning of the Ganges! You can actually see the colors merging and imagine all the streams that obscure its purity. Or maybe its all the grief that the holy water collects and removes from its land. Wow.

  2. Sumana,
    Indeed we have gone from not just the fear of conflict by wars, to the conflict about killing our water supplies and the land. Both situations are worrying and both sometimes seem to be void of a lasting answer to the problem…Vigilance is a requirement more than ever..

  3. I can remember that Mahatma Ghandi when independence of India was achieved in 1947 was aghast that the country would be separated acoording to the majority of religions in the regions resulting in India and Pakistan causing the mass exodus of faiths from from one place to another causing so much strife and the continuing discord there is today.

  4. Great water imagery, Sumana, especially the ‘thunderous waves of foreign invasions’ and the lines:
    ‘…we let the turquoise Ganga weep
    till She is noir
    before She pours Herself into the sea’.

  5. kaykuala

    so we let the turquoise Ganga weep
    till She is noir
    before She pours Herself into the sea-

    The Ganges is self-sustaining despite being constantly abused by men and pollution or the vagaries of the weather. It continues to soldier on providing not just comments but romantics of the good life.

    Hank

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