“You were three years of water.” How deeply this resonates with me. It comes from bittersweet and intimate memories that I go over a lot mentally. I’m certain that anyone who reads those six simple words has their own encounter of a three year affair or event in their life. It doesn’t even matter.
This very short and sweet poem is from Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed. I truly admire her work and have written on it before. Like many of her other to the point poems, this one can have a very versatile meaning yet all the while keeping its wisdom. This is my perception I’m sharing:
I’d like to take a moment and use some imagery for the purpose of this post. Clear your mind of everything to imagine a green valley. Flourishing and full of life, nature has it that a stream flows through. Flourishing, full of life, and now fruitful for life to flourish… that stream becomes a river. It now bears a different weight and is cutting deeper within the valley. The wider the cut for more water to flow, the more life that comes but it’s not the same valley. It’s characteristics and needs are much different than when it started.
In life there are things that will happen and people you will meet, that are those soft waters. They may not cause a dent right away and it might not be negative at all but it will erode away some things. That’s only natural. It’s up to you as an individual to always be true to yourself and understand the beauty in an ever changing life.
I’m proud to say I finally finished reading Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and this book was worth the time it took reading. The version I read is shown above. Click it or click here to see the book’s Barnes & Noble webpage. Although a short book, I found it appropriately fitting for each moment I had time to read. It was perfection on perfection. But carrying on…
I’ve always said that I practice a Buddhist philosophy rather than call myself Buddhist. But either works. To each his, or her, own. The main character’s mental struggle and search for ultimate knowledge puts him on a path that allows him to gain what he is looking for but only through experience of his own. I have read a few books about Buddhism and it’s usually very warm and enlightening. However, just as Hesse states & restates in Siddhartha, they are just teachings.
Moreover, I suggest this book to any conscious thinker. It’s highly relatable in the fact that you don’t have to experience a sin-free life of perfect wisdom to come to a state of knowing or “nirvana”.
Take advantage of these free Kindle downloads:
bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward
salt. & nejma by Nayyirah Waheed
I had the wonderful opportunity of downloading salt. when it was free some time ago and fell in love with Ms. Waheed’s work. Her piecey poetry was everything my soul needed and didn’t even know it. I’m so excited to get to reading bone and nejma. I really hope readers take advantage of the chance to get these 3 books for free. Offer ends Friday, April 21st. Enjoy the read!
For the short poetry lovers, here is a read that you will not regret. I’ve followed @nayyirah.waheed on Instagram for quite some time without really sharing her wonderful book ‘.salt‘ published in 2013. She’s very intense yet delicate in her word choice. She’s not afraid to speak on the perspectives of people of color. I would keep the poems that spoke to me most to reread and still find comfort in them each time. I’m happy to finally share it and hope it can help someone through rough times.