Author: Karla Bardanza


Movements of perfect harmony and rhythm,
eyes of black passion embracing the moon,
hands of mudras nurturing calmly the deities,
she dances and the daffodils bend and bloom.

Her silk saree caresses softly my eyes and soul
as she moves beautifully her lovely hands and feet
awakening the surprised rainbows and pink clouds,
unveiling her delicate world so tender and complete.

A carnatic song carries me away to the dreamy wind
as I savour silently the richness of sacred life and art,
dancing together with my sister devadasi, words of
affection blossom into love deep inside my divine heart.

Grace and purity hold hands in celestial Bharatanatyam,
My fire-dance of devotion and faith, my everlasting flame
as we dance harmoniously celebrating the eternal universe
and God whispers peacefully in heavens my singular name.

------- Author's Notes -------

*Mudras are hand gestures used for a variety of reasons, they may be used to mime the meaning of the song, or they may be simple aesthetic ornamentation.
*The 'handmaids of god' or devadasis were dedicated to the temples (both Shiva and Vishnu temples), and they were part of the daily ritual of worshipping the deity where they performed dances in praise of the god.
*Bharatanatyam is a classical Indian dance form originating in India. One of the oldest of the classical dance forms in India. It has its inspirations from the sculptures of the ancient temple of Chidambaram.


Comments on this poem/writing:

The Sam Man ( -- Friday, November 13 2009, 12:52 am

my god that was ....

my god that was a lovely piece of writing Karla!
You hypnotize your words like a snake charmer!
Pondering Red ( -- Saturday, November 14 2009, 01:16 pm


Moving with a flow of clear images...descriptive and lovely, enciting emotions of happyness,joy...
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