No-one knows exactly where Inspiration comes from. It can arise from another person’s words; a deep emotional experience; listening to music; admiring a painting; a walk in Nature … the list is endless. I have often found inspiration from reading something written by someone else – that took my mind down hitherto unexplored roads. I often found it after reading a poem; and after reading one translated from the Sanskrit, this was the result:
ON READING ‘BLACK MARIGOLDS’ (*translated from the Sanskrit)
I hear the mysterious tinkle of temple bells
As I walk through spicy bazaars
Where merchants buy and sell silver.
Swarthy skin sweats
And almond eyes peer
As my hands touch turquoise silk.
How musically the cadences rise
And fall, silent, like dewdrops.
Words of love, lust and longing
Purified by their beauty.
Like King Solomon’s “Song of Songs”
These images too, seduce the senses.
The poem ends too soon
And I am still.
I have never seen a black marigold,
Yet suddenly it appears before me
And its perfume, tantalising,
Lingers on the breathless air.
So, try this exercise. Read a poem that you love, close your eyes and think about it. What makes it magical? What special feeling do you have after reading it? While it is still fresh in your mind, take a pen and paper, and just see what develops. You may be surprised!
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