Power and poetry, both are
opposite to each other, power is related to wealth, physical
strength or political power. Poetry has to stand in front of
power, and ask questions. The question is, who gives power to
poet or poetry to stand in front of the power? Does the pen
carry that power? Can words burn like wood and give light to
others? We don’t know, but in Rigveda and Atharvaveda, the word
or VAK is the supreme power. In the Athervaveda, the first hymn
starts with the prayer to Vak, the power of word. In Indian
philosophy “shabd” is called “brahma”. The science also talks
about Big Bang theory.
So, every word has some meaning and it has some effect also.
But, one has to learn that they should be used with care. Poetry
teaches the manner of using words powerfully. Again one has to
be careful that words should be used in powerful manner without
imposing himself as a powerful person. Poet has to remain hidden
behind the words. And also words should have some motive. It
could be any thing; it does not mean, one should write only on
the social problems, (as it happens in Social media, one death
gives birth to many poetry).
Man should come out of his own surroundings and think about
other elements of nature, like grass and grasshopper, trees and
nests on it, ants and the honey bees, and the unlimited things
around us. Every element has some purpose in this world; an
ecology includes everything.
A poet, an artist, a painter can communicate or understand each
element. That is why, his words reach to the universe. But this
quality enhances his responsibilities towards the universe.
Science has the ability to understand the earth, universe,
nature and human or animal’s body, but inner meaning of them is
understood by philosophy and poetry.
Do we know the power of poetry? Or we take poetry as an
ornamental entity? We hardly find a poet, who is a fulltime poet
because poetry does not give money. It's natural, if poetry
starts to earn money, it will convert into a business, and
incapable people will run after it.
So, if poetry does not have the power or money, then why do
people want to be poets? In reality, poets are not created, they
are born. They are soft hearted and more sensible than other
Many times, I was asked to go for meditation for mental peace,
but I always query, what is mental peace? Is it a capacity of
not feeling any emotion? And if I am not able to feel pain or
sorrow, how can I write poetry? How can I understand that the
trees of Amaltas would be crying at the time of vishu , or
yellow leaves on the ground are the tear drops of tree in the
autumn. For me emotions are more important than peace, which
give an artificial peace.
I would appeal poetry to connect our souls without any kind of
walls of languages, countries or nature. Then poetry is “shabd
brahma”. The supreme power..
Artist of this issue is Shilpa Madhumanguesh Nasnolkar , who is
an established artist. I was impressed by her work, because of
variety of expressions and faces. the face of human is most
interesting and but mostly we want to bring in art the beautiful
side of it. Shilpa is not worried about traditional beauty, she
gives importance to the expressions.
with best wishes