The quote tonight is from a prompt on A Prompt Each Day on WordPress. I also used it on Susan’s Creative Writing and Poetry for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The poem now serves triple duty here.
The quote I chose for tonight is:
This quote from Mahatma Gandhi was cited in Gandhi: His Life and Message for the World (1954), by Louis Fischer, p. 177.This quote is very deep and I am not making reference to the word “ocean” in the quote. Let’s break down what he says into two parts .
First, Gandhi says, “You must not lose faith in humanity.” It is as if he is writing about today, 2015. Faith in humanity is sorely lacking. If there isn’t disinterest, there is outright disgust toward mankind. But we are cautioned not to lose faith in humanity. Why?
Second, he compares humanity to the ocean stating, “Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” Everyone is familiar with the ocean both serene and tempestuous. Sometimes looking like a smooth piece of glass, other times very active and chaotic with waves crashing. Also, the ocean appears to be clean and clear blue (usually reflected from the blue sky). But today we are aware of the pollutants from oil spills, non-biodegradable plastic dumping, etc. So, what you see on the surface may not completely reflect what is going on deeper in the water.
That does not mean that 100% of the ocean is dirty, polluted, a waste dump. Can we change what we are doing to the ocean literally and humanity figuratively by changing our actions and behavior? With those questions and Gandhi’s quote, I wrote the following poem,
The ocean blueness purified in bliss.
Waves crash. White foaming ensues.
Hidden craggy rocks juxtaposed
against cyan pacifism of sea and sky.
Island fortress surrounded by
ocean’s serenity and wave’s chaos.
Isolated by water’s depths and
humanity’s shallowness within.
What of gods and kings and leaders?
What of men and women and children?
What of humanity is worth salvaging?
What of this world is worth destroying?
Ocean’s beauty and depth of soul
provides a backdrop of humanity.
Earth’s ragged rocks forestall the
foreshadowing of Eden and God.
Humanity and society doomed
to repeat mistakes and elude
consequences for imperfection.
Life reminds us of good and evil.
Lest we forget that we are humanity
and society. the whole and in part.
Memorials of our sin and goodness
make us human, not more, not less.
Celebrate the ocean blueness daily.
Forgive the isolated fortresses and
jagged rocky domains always as each
admonish that humanity is human.
Word Count 154 Genre Poetry
Now, for my gratitude list of 5 things I am grateful for tonight:
- My ability to interpret and infer meaning from words on a page.
- My ability to write poetry reflecting deeper inner soul meanings.
- My websites, WordPress, and All Poetry for the platform to express myself..
- My belief in humanity and ability to see “the bigger picture.”
- My belief in a God who is forgiving and models forgiveness of imperfections in myself and others so that I forgive as well.
I hope you enjoyed tonight’s reflection on Gandhi’s quote. my poem, and gratitude list. I’m off to bed since it is 1:51 am in Nashville, TN.