Poetry reawakens and reinforces our real, innermost strength;
our spirituality. It is the force that makes us decent people,
people who are filled with empathy for those in need or pain,
those suffering from injustice and other wrongs or societal
-- Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali
– the Means to Unite
Poetry is perhaps the more natural and spontaneous medium of
expression. We tend to express our heartfelt emotions in a few
lines of verse than in sentences. The poetic form is more
capable of reaching out and touching the hearts of others. The
thirst to connect, to express and listen is ingrained in every
poetic heart. It is this unique quality that qualifies poets to
be the ideal agents to promote peace and unity.
The poet’s vocation is a free one – it just can’t abide any kind
of fetters. The words have to necessarily flow, bridging the
diversity that is characteristic of the world. Though poets sing
in different tongues, their themes are universal, they are bound
by a unique camaraderie. Freedom is a natural by-product of
peace, and being by its very nature free, the poetic spirit will
necessarily foster peace.
The poetic sensitivity is there in each of us. Maybe it is
dormant in some. We only need to awaken this natural compassion
that lies deep within – then there is no more war, strife,
jealousy or hatred. It will be the awakening of our inner
spirituality that runs like a thread through each of us, uniting
one and all.
Dear friends, let our poetry festivals be the venues where
poetry can speak to us in words loud and clear, where each of us
get to see what we need to see and help others to see, where we
can put our heads together and understand our responsibilities.
Let us capitalize on poetry’s inherent capacity to soothe,
comfort and instill hope even in the most troubled times, and at
times of loss. Let us wield the power of the spoken word to
craft a more meaningful, “brave, new world.”
Enjoy reading this issue of Kritya. Do keep sending us your
feedback and suggestions so that we can make Kritya a more
significant and potent medium.
the artist of this issue is poet , artist -K Ravindran
Jayasree Ramakrishnan Nair