NaPoWriMo : Day 25 – Goddess of the Sea

Today’s (optional) prompt is based on the aisling, a poetic form that developed in Ireland. An aisling recounts a dream or vision featuring a woman who represents the land or country on/in which the poet lives, and who speaks to the poet about it. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that recounts a dream or vision, and in which, a woman appears who represents or reflects the area in which you live. Perhaps she will be the Madonna of the Traffic Lights or the Mysterious Spirit of Bus Stops. Or maybe you will be addressed by the Lost Lady of the Stony Coves. Whatever form your dream visitor takes, happy writing!

My poem ‘Goddess of the Sea’ is a tribute to Mumbai, the city of dreams, the city that is an enigma to all who see it from far and whose heart beats in every person who lives here.
My poem ‘Goddess of the Sea’.

I, Goddess of Sea
am a mystery to those around me-
enthralled by my golden sunrises,my crimson sunsets,
my swaying palms and fishing boats with nets.
Do you know there is so much more to me
than meets the eye?
A courage, a resilience, a bonhomie in my bosom lie.

You see the imbalance on the flooded streets
The sky scrapers and the blue tarpaulin sheets
But do you not see the joyous camaraderie,
or the hopes and dreams I carry
in the humid breeze that births within my womb
and blows upon this land
And combs every man on it?

You discuss the spectre of poverty,
greed and betrayal that looms over me,
and scorn the tinseltown mask I adorn
But, how dare you judge me, when you hardly know me-
I, have been plundered and pillaged many a time,
my waters maligned by hands stained
with carnage

and my people, massacred- their blood
spilled on my land and ran my waters red.
Do you not see how I came out stronger each time
Despite the treachery and held my head high?
the Goddess of the sea asked, a storm raging
in her deep blue eyes and her hair, flowing, unbroken, waves
I, gazed in a trance, bowing my head in reverence, and the vision was gone.
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21 responses to “NaPoWriMo : Day 25 – Goddess of the Sea”

  1. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    I love the power in this Smitha. I can feel your deep feeling for the city and your passion for the wrongs and the inequalities done to it. The last image of the goddess is wonderful.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      I’m so pleased to know you enjoyed reading this poem, Andrea. The more I thought of Mumbai as the Sea Goddess, the easier it became to write the poem. There is definitely something about this city that makes it tick. Thank you so much for reading it so attentively.

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  2. Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet Avatar

    A Sea Goddess…What a lovely symbol of Mumbai! Your poem is eloquent, Smitha! ❤

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you, dear Cheryl❤️. I’m so glad you liked the title I gave the city🙂. After I was halfway through the poem, I began reading the History of Mumbai. Coincidentally, the first settlers were the fishing community also called ‘Koli’. The title kind of felt perfect. Also because the city became prosperous because of its port.

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  3. SelmaMartin Avatar

    Oh my, how splendid this is. loved. goddess of the sea. clapping.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Oh, Selma, your comment made my day. Thank you so much for the ‘clapping’ and your lovely comment. It’s so encouraging🧡🤗

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      1. SelmaMartin Avatar

        Well deserved, my sweet. Keep going. I am tired, but I will not quit now…. hahaha. Let’s go. Happy to have met you last NaPoWriMo. Glad we connected again this year. Your words are jewels. xoxo

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        1. Smitha V Avatar

          Thank you, dear Selma for the pep talk. Your words have the power to recharge anyone. You have such a gift and I’m so grateful we connected. I hope to be more regular in keeping in touch once NaPoWriMo’s done. Much,much love to you.

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  4. Feelings and Freedom Avatar

    Lovely poem from POV of sea! Wonderful take on prompt. I couldn’t crack this one.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much, dear Vands. It took me time too to crack this one…in fact many others too😀

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      1. Feelings and Freedom Avatar

        But you did well 🤗🤗

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        1. Smitha V Avatar

          Thank you so much,Vands❤️. We have just 4 more days to go😊

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          1. Feelings and Freedom Avatar

            Yes!!! 😍😍 We did it yet again

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much Vineetha

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  5. Infinite Living Avatar

    Beautiful and happy to read from you after long! 🙂

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much, Pragalbha🧡. It’s wonderful to see you again . I hope all’s been well at your end. I had been hoping to catch up on your posts once April and with it NaPoWriMo ended🙂. So glad you loved this.

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      1. Infinite Living Avatar

        You are very welcome Smitha 🙂 I was on a long break myself, and very happy to return and have a post up too.

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        1. Smitha V Avatar

          That’s wonderful. Hope you had a lovely time🙂. I’m waiting for a break…hopefully, once exams are done.

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  6. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    I love your take on this prompt, Smitha. Very well done.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much, dear Robbie. Mumbai is a beautiful mystery to me, so I enjoyed writing this. I’m very happy you liked it.

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