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Dive for Dreams

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Location: Strawberry Fields, Central Park, New York


Dear One,

As summer comes in full swing, I greet you happy birthday today. It adds more significance this year since you’re celebrating it for the first time in America.

It takes a lot of risks to leave the country of your birth where you succeeded first as a professional and then as a young business owner. Once again, you’ll be starting all over. But if there’s somebody going to make it, I know it will be you.

As a new immigrant, it won’t be easy. There’ll be many challenges to face. There’ll be lots of adjustments to make in every aspect of your life. But like those who had come before you, I’m confident you’ll be able to handle them with confidence and grace. Like they say, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. But enough of me giving the unsolicited advice. Let’s hear it from e.e cummings instead:

dive for dreams
or a slogan may topple you
(trees are their roots
and wind is wind)
trust your heart
if the seas catch fire
(and live by love
though the stars walk backward)
honour the past
but welcome the future…

It’s not hard to imagine the positive effects you have on people. The world is a better place because of you.

Again, please accept my best wishes on this special day.
May you have more birthdays to come in the company of your family and loved ones.

Yours truly,
P.

July 7, 2019 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

Go Red for Women Today

Go Red
Go Red (Photo: Photo Special to Bella)

 

The National Go Red Day occurs annually on the first Friday of February to bring awareness to heart disease that has become the number one killer of women. It’s only fitting and proper that we join the efforts to fight this deadly disease that kills half a million women every year.

By wearing red not only on the day designated, we will continue to honor those who inspite of having the disease continue to live productive lives. To all these exemplary women, I dedicate this poem by e.e. cummings.

 
i carry your heart with me by e.e. cummings

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)


 

February 1, 2019 at 1:00 am 2 comments

weekly photo challenge: intricate

a muslim woman
location: cappadocia, turkey
 
a muslim woman is as intricate and beguiling as an e.e. cumming’s poem and i say that with utmost respect.

somewhere i have never travelled


photo courtesy of harvardmagazine.com

somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
any experience, your eyes have their silence
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully, mysteriously) her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility: whose texture
compels me with the colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens; only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

– e.e. cummings

 

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May 1, 2015 at 2:48 pm 3 comments

Go Red For Women Today


The American Heart Association

The American Heart Association has made the first Frisday of every year as National Wear Red Day to bring awareness to heart disease that has become the number one killer of women. It’s only fitting and proper that we join the efforts to fight this deadly disease that kills half a million women every year.

By wearing red not only on the day designated, we will continue to honor those who inspite of having the disease continue to live productive lives. To all these exemplary women, I dedicate this poem by e.e. cummings.

 
i carry your heart with me by e.e. cummings

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

 

February 1, 2013 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Somewhere I Have Never Travelled



There was a time in my life when I dreamed of becoming a poet. But it wasn’t meant to be. In my senior year in high school, I was designated the class clown. It followed that when nobody thought of you seriously, you couldn’t be a poet. It was also by that time that I started questioning my motivation. I realized that all I wanted was to impress the girls. Of course, it wasn’t good enough to win favors from the gods.

Still I persisted in the pursuit. After a couple years, I finally abandoned the idea. No love lost. I found girls weren’t interested in my poetry, anyway.

You must have heard the saying that those who can’t write, teach. In my case, I can’t teach either. so, what that leaves me? I can, at least, read and appreciate a great poem when I see one.

In one of her letters, Emily Dickinson said, “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” Somewhere I Have Never Travelled by e.e. cummings falls under this category. This is one poem I’d love to have written myself. It could well be one of the best love poems ever written.

somewhere i have never travelled
by e.e. cummings

somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
any experience, your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully, mysteriously) her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility: whose texture
compels me with the colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens; only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

In this poem, the poet speaks beautifully of his love for a woman. He thinks of her as frail but at the same time he extols the power within that fragility. She can either open him (give him life as “you open always petal by petal myself as Springs opens … her first rose”) or close him (kill him slowly “as the heart of this flower imagines the snow carefully everywhere descending”).

Every time I read this poem I remember my first love. Such is the power of a great poem.

May 22, 2009 at 1:06 pm 2 comments


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