I stretched my hands
around your robust frame
attempting to encompass you.
how can such tiny hands
save the air we breathe
all on my own?
My sister’s hand is in mine
Lumbermen may arrive
brandishing axes. Still,
my sister’s hand is in mine.
We just stand
in front of the ax.
For “you is us”
our lungs, our food,
under moon and sunshine.
I have written 3 poems in the form CHERITA with an added word in the parenthesis(). Cherita is a form invented by Ai Li which usually tells a story and has the 3 stanzas of 1 line, 2 lines and 3 lines respectively. There is no restriction on the number of syllables or rhyming like other short forms. You can find more examples of the Cherita here.
Inspiration/Cause for the day: Chipko Movement and Save Aarey
What is Chipko Movement?
Chipko in the Hindi language means ‘to stick‘. There is a lot to be said about it but Wikipedia says it the best:
The Chipko movement or Chipko Andolan refers to a forest conservation movement where people clung onto trees to prevent them from being cut. Chipko–type movements date back to 1730 AD when in Khejarli village of Rajasthan, 363 Bishnois sacrificed their lives to save khejri trees. In modern India, it began in 1973 in Uttarakhand (then in Uttar Pradesh) and went on to become a rallying point for many future environmental movements all over the world. It created a precedent for starting of nonviolent protest in India, and its success meant that the world immediately took notice of this non-violent movement, which was to inspire in time many such eco-groups by helping to slow down the rapid deforestation, expose vested interests, increase ecological awareness, and demonstrate the viability of people power.
DID YOU KNOW?
Google featured the Chipko movement as a Google doodle on its 45th anniversary.
But why am I bringing this up here?
Have you heard about the Save Aarey? Aarey Milk Colony is a “Green Pocket” situated in the suburb of Mumbai, part of which has been earmarked for construction of a metro car shed. This will lead to an uprooting of 2,298 trees in the area! The citizens are working to find solutions to protect an area so rich in Biodiversity. We believe another ‘Chipko-like’ movement is required to stop the destruction of this ‘Garden of Eden’. I want to do my bit by writing about Save Aarey project. Do check out their twitter page and use your voice to spread the word.
I would conclude by pointing out that this is not the only area of India or for that matter in the world in which there is a need for us to stand up for our trees and the air we breathe.
What are you going to do about deforestation in your own neighborhood?
For each letter this April, I shall be presenting a poem inspired by ‘something’ that is making our world a little bit kinder, a little bit greener. The ‘something’ is a mix of people, movements, thoughts, or organizations who are having a positive influence on the world around us. Read all the posts in ‘Poetry For A Cause’ series by linking the button below.