RIVER OF STORIES When they set in motion the first beginning of speech, giving names, their most pure and perfectly guarded secret was revealed through love. The Rig Veda , 10.71 (translated by Wendy Doniger O’Flaherty) Vastness of the sky expands her heart and clears the fear pooled in silence there. Cradled alongside are doubts, hundred muted questions - is fire born in lightning as lightning in a cloud is cloud born in water as water in fire is earth born in water as a golden embryo in deep ocean is speech born out of thought as action out of desire ? Between fire and water, earth and ocean flow a river of stories, like love that marries speech to thought.
THE RIVER My separation from the river began, even before I was born, in my mother’s womb. Silence shaped the room, the aperture sculpted my mind parenthesising time into slots. I accessed meaning downward by dropping a pebble in the water that filled her. The river flowed, limb of a dead child careened in the current. My lungs dilated in a loud howl.
Uma Gowrishankar is a poet and artist from Chennai, South India. Her poems have been published in ‘Qarrtsiluni’, ‘Whale Sound’, ‘Buddhist Poetry Review’, ‘Carcinogenic Poetry’, ‘Catapult Magazine’, ‘Curio Poetry.’ She blogs at http://umagowrishankar.wordpress.com/.
Sofia Buchuck is one of London’s most respected Peruvian artists. A musician, poet and painter, Sofia came to the UK at an early age and dedicated herself to training in her craft. She has won numerous awards, including best Latin artist in 2006 and best poet in a foreign language from Farrago Poetry in 2011. She has also recorded many albums and has published her poems in Mexico and the UK.