We are connected

The train is chugging along. We’ve booked seats in the AC compartment- the windows are sealed, so, you can’t open them. Since it is the monsoon (rainy) season, it’s cold in the compartment with the AC on. So, I step out with my husband to take a break from the AC and I stand in the space between the compartments- at the entrance. The door to the train opens and slams shut repeatedly as the train crosses borders between the States, giving us a view of the outside. One thought crosses my mind- about us (my husband and I)- that we are connected. And that thought results in this poem.

Beyond the vows we made to each other
Seven times around the sacred fire
We are connected-
By our shared border- he calls it his
and I call it mine
By railway lines running from my hometown to his-
tracks that have weathered many a storm
And stood the test of time


By meandering rivers that take birth in his land
And reach their destination in mine
By the fish that swim in those rivers-
Unidentifiable whether they belong to my land or his 
By swaying coconut palms that tilt in our welcome- 
Did they come from trees here 
or did those rivers carry the fruit here?


We are connected- by our many Gods-
they look at me here as they did in my father's home.
and I speak to them in my language; they understand.
Long before these years we spent together
We were connected-
By the mountains that run along our hometowns- 
he saw one face of them and I the other; they are one
                                                                                As we are.

A video of what we saw from the train

P.S. in India, each State has its own language and the culture, food, and manner of celebrating festivals are different. The differences are lesser if the States are geographically closer to each other. And yet, there are no differences at all if one looks at it from the perspective of the poem. We are all one.

Copyright@smithavpennings.com

9 responses to “We are connected”

  1. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    Hi Smitha This is such a special poem. You have a lovely relationship with your husband.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Hi Robbie…thank you for your warm words. It is a blessing to have a friend in a husband.
      I have always felt that we – you and I are connected as well🙂. It’s a special friendship. Thank you for that.

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      1. robbiesinspiration Avatar

        Yes, I think so too 🤗

        Like

  2. Dan Antion Avatar

    This is lovely, Smitha

    As a side note, a friend of my brother in Iowa – 1,191 mi (1,917 km) from where I live – read a post of yours and asked him, “is this someone your brother knows? I thought I saw the name on his blog.”

    I’m sure she saw it on the Sunday Recap, but your talking about connections made me think of that.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much, Dan. I’m so happy to know you liked the poem and even more to read the side note. You brought the poem to life by sharing this with me.
      Just reading your comment makes me smile warmly. Thank you for that…for making the poem special. We are indeed connected.

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  3. chapter18 Avatar

    This is Kerala!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Yes it is :). Thank you for stopping by.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. chapter18 Avatar

        Kandal tanne manasil agum!

        Like

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