Saturday, February 27, 2016

Heart of the Matter

Heart of the Matter





They sit together each with a pencil in hand
To heal their wounds
For every conflict sorted, they will draw an arch
From biggest to smallest...
They promise
         To give each other Time
         To respect each other,
         Some space in-between so that
        they stifle not their love with doting too much
        Honest they will remain
        Will understand that their ego is smaller
        Than the sanctity of their love...
        Agree that they will stumble...
        But each will stretch out, hold the other up...
        They promise, they will hear
        The beating heart, the breaking heart
                         will hear when there are words,
                         when there is silence...
They look at the paper
Arch within arch,
Reaching in, to the very core
To the heart of the matter,
They seal the deed,
And wed again.



Note - 

This was really a challenging prompt. I scratched my head an umpteen number of times, thinking, thinking, thinking. Interestingly, there are 7 arches in the picture. This reminded me of the saat (seven) phere (going around a pious fire as a priest chants some prayers) the bride and groom take with each other on their wedding day. These seven rounds around fire seal their marriage as per Indian customs. This made me think of a relationship that was meant to last forever, but is breaking apart. The couple here realizes that they cannot let each other go, and hence sits down to resolve the conflict. Arches symbolize the transition they will make, the inner journey they will take here. They make seven promises in the poem and re-marry each other.



Linking it to B-A-R








30 comments:

  1. You did a marvelous job, especially after reading the post script!

    We ought to keep aside our egoes, if we care to contribute to a healthy relationship. I am happy they worked towards it, again!

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    1. True Alok. Ego ruins many relationships. I am happy you liked my attempt.

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  2. Insightful take on relationships. Brilliant analogy to an arch formed by the space between two pillars, each holding up to a promise made. The space thus held symbolizes the room that a relationship must allow for each pillar to continue to stand firm

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    1. Yes, it was the best I could come up with. After reading the comments, I feel I have done great....:P

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  3. Arches used as metaphor for an overarching binder needed in a relationship is excellent! Arches connect the pillars in a shapely way while allowing for space between them.
    The line 'Will understand that their ego is smaller Than the sanctity of their love' touches the heart.

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    1. Isn't the arch symbolism wonderful. Space and connection are both crucial in long-lasting relationships. I am glad you liked the poem.

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  4. Respect each other. that's the only way ahead. Any time!

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  5. it takes a super creative mind to link the prompt to the poem, superbly written :)

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  6. Marvelous! looking at those arches, what I could thought of is 'life is an endless riddle'. That's it ! But what you have come up with, is amazing. Seven adjacent arches, saat-phere and seven vows to begin an all new life.

    Wow Sunaina. You are simply awesome. :) <3

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    1. It took lot of scratching Sangeeta...:)

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  7. All that scrathcing worked and you penned a lovely poem.. :)

    Bikram's

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  8. Very creative and insightful. Great work, Sunaina :)

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  9. Love the way you connected the pictures, pillar and seven vows. Loved the poem, Sunaina. :)

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    1. So happy to get your like for the poem....:)

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  10. Your imagination struck on right chords, marvellous.

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  11. What a wonderful creation dearie 😊

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  12. A marvelous and insightful creation.

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  13. Totally loved it.. Initially I got so lost in the poem.. Loved it and when I learned that you have linked it with the prompt.. I loved it even more.

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  14. Totally loved it.. Initially I got so lost in the poem.. Loved it and when I learned that you have linked it with the prompt.. I loved it even more.

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  15. The poem is wonderful in itself but the PS Note made it look awesome!
    Great concept and perfect execution:)

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