Gosh, I feel it's been ages since I was here last! The April challenge flew past and May and June I kind of tuned out, insanely out of routine. Kiddo's study leave/examtime is not good for mum's poetry writing, neither is Ramadan - the Muslim month of fasting, when working hours are reduced to six here. The males are home at unusual times, and I'm busy revelling in that rare commodity called family time, serving and being served coffee, and rather fattening snacks, at the oddest possible of hours. Oh, and we moved house, in the same neighbourhood, not across continents, merci bon Dieu for small mercies! School's out as of today, Ramadan's 3/4rs over, and summer's here, that's a bridge every year to go and visit family in India, we leave soon.
The challenge for June is 'Bridges' and I'm back with a mixed up two-part post, a bit of poetry, and mythology, and geology, and geography and folk traditions thrown in. Please read just the poem if you're pressed for time. Unless you're Donna, in which case you're requested to read the second, non-poetry, part :)
And I can't really think of the word 'bridge' without this song whooshing up instantly in the headspace. Because music too is a bridge...
while I'm ahead, and also because Donna gave me the idea, I will now proceed to tell you about a mythical bridge, from the 2500 year old Hindu epic Ramayana.
Many traditions stem from it - Deewali is a celebration of the night when Ram came back victorious to claim his kingdom. Durgapuja is rooted in Ram's original invocation of the Goddess before battle. Several local adaptations and traditions exist in Nepal, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia.
|Balinese wood carving of Ram and Sita|
|Source. The Royal Cambodian Ballet performing a dance-drama based on the Ramayana at the Bahrain National Theatre in 2014.|
Did Valmiki (the composer) travel to the southern tip of India, see the bridge and think to himself - right, just what I need? Or was it just a fortuitous fact he discovered afterwards? Come to think of it, mythology itself is a delicious seabridge, connecting us to our collective past.
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