Samuel has an interesting thought about prose poetry here – A prose poem is a piece that appears to be prose – with no line breaks or verses – but which reads as if it were poetry. Prose poetry pieces maintain poetic qualities and utilize poetic techniques – such as symbolism, imagery, alliteration, rhyme. Here, I write about my country, my nation – India and try to find some simple answers. I am sharing a video that I made sometime back – to go with my poem and probably give my readers an idea why I wrote this.
I have seen frost outside my window, sometimes rain for days, sometimes heat wave knocking on the glass. Sometimes a roaring ocean, sometimes a peaceful spring, sometimes the silence of forest or cacophonies of a city – I have seen it all.
Have you, now?
Yes – all you have to do is take a train.
A train – why?
A train will give you a feel of the real vastness of the nation – an ethereal network of people, a train will take you on – a journey among them – their lives, their language, their rituals, their contentment, their festivals and their predicament. Every tiny little trait that makes them individuals, that makes their world.
All that you can read in a book, can you not?
There is no one book that tells the entire story. It can’t. A book of life it would be – if one could ever write it. All we can do is read – at least part of it, as much as we can. Unless we know people, how can we stand up for them?
What are you after?
Truth – beauty – truth.
Isn’t truth ugly – Opulent and grandiose? Isn’t that a country where animus rules?
Nothing is ugly – aghast; sad – yes. Then a nation is people. It lives through us. If I can live a day making it a better place, then I live my destiny. If I live mine, am sure will inspire others to live theirs. If we all live up to our destiny, we leave a better tomorrow for all.
Wasn’t that the idea, always?
Photo Credits: Reetam Banerjee
* Floccinaucinihilipilification – Longest unchallenged non-technical word in English, stands for “The act or habit of describing or regarding something as unimportant”, in this case the importance of understanding people.
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