Friday, April 10, 2009

April National Poetry Month

“Women as Water”

I discovered a wonderful poetry blog recently:
In one posting the author, Hari Bhajan, reviews the Hindi film, “Water” (which we have at our library). The blog includes a truly poetic comparison of water and women along with a selection of beautiful poems written by women.

WATER: The liquid that descends from the clouds as rain, forms streams, lakes, and seas, and is a major constituent of all living matter and that when pure is an odorless, tasteless, very slightly compressible liquid oxide of hydrogen H2O which appears bluish in thick layers, freezes at 0° C and boils at 100° C, has a maximum density at 4° C and a high specific heat, is feebly ionized to hydrogen and hydroxyl ions, and is a poor conductor of electricity and a good solvent (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary).

Speaking of the women portrayed in the film, Hari Bhajan says:

I saw these women, as all women are — as water; fluid, ever-changing form, mercurial, emotional, powerful when provoked and as generous as the clouds that pour forth their bounty upon the earth. As everything is a teacher, so water is an endless source of wisdom, its lessons of compassion and of destruction always there to open us to the perfect rhythms of this world, as well as the vastness of its mysteries. Take a hot bath. Swim in the ocean. Drink long and slow from a pure mountain stream. View the movie WATER. Invite your loved one under the quilt with you. Let the tears roll. It’s so, so good for the soul.

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