"Being Godless" a poem by G.K. Subbarayudu to be included in the Seeking Kali Artist DVD. Opening artwork by Marta Barnes.
G.K.Subbarayudu, Being Godless
I am not a religious person
How undertake a teertha?
How dwell in the state of ecstasy, Brahmaananda?
KaaLi was a goddess in a temple at Calcutta
I knew the taste of that KaaLi prasaadam from time to time
One such visit… the temple yard… priests
holding a goat… a spirited blow of the sickle like cleaver…
priest thrown feet away by the recoil of a headless torso…
devotees applying the spattered blood as tilak to forehead…
the prasaadam didn’t taste so good
any more. That was the last visit
to the KaaLi temple at KaaLi Ghata.
Parween Sultana’s voice took flight into the distances of the stars,
Radio waves on All India Radio carried me farther than the stars and the milky way..
Into the range of the Teekshna VeekshaNa of Bhawaani .
Mahishaasura mardhinii’s Kindness
Dayaanii’s Big-eyed Benevolence
was beyond my appreciation
Ugra- Chandi roopa seeking sacrifice
was more real, if a little terrifying
took me to a plane well beyond vaak and artha ,
into an ecstasy I could not comprehend.
The music of the moment extruded into a micronic thinness,
like the skein of the charge of lightning,
and rolled through my eardrum into my heart and veins.
Much later, Bhimsen Joshi‘s Bhairavi
created the state of Paramapada and Brahmaananda
inviting a stay, nay a visit, a transit halt
will I take the offer of resort?
in praise of Maata Kaalika
powered its way into my being through the images of
the chopper, the chopped, and the skinned
How reconcile the cry for a darshan of Dayaani
with the saakshaatkaara of “khaDaga, munDa, khappara kara-dharini” ?
How overcome the panic of duality?
Can the hand ruffle your hair in aasheervaada, then tighten the grip to chop off your head?
Grandmother and Mother… saas--bahu
I teeter at the understanding of the hostile relationship
Grandmother, nearing the fierce, death-phase of KaaLi
Mother, in the life-giving stage, Dayaani.
I receive the prasaadam, life.
Life and death
will thrum in unison
only in music and art
and in the images of Shakti, Durga, KaaLi.
The intense, intricate lines of the paintings in the KaaLi project,
the probing of the musicians,
and the blood-as-tilak in the temple at KaLi Ghata
shall have to reconcile in
the straight line of the ECG monitor at my mother’s death bed.
Achalatva, Samaadhi, Brahmaananda.
Om Tat Sat.
I am still not a religious person.
A poem by Billie Maciunas to be included in the Seeking kali Artist DVD.
The poem, Morning After?, is spoken by Susan Shulman.
Please put on your clothes
you are so much more
in your cream-coloured
all your cold Kali shrine
© Billie Maciunas _ Morning After?
Ria Vanden Eynde
Two poems by Ria Vanden Eynde to be included in the Seeking Kali Artists DVD. The poems, Kali Ma and Kalachakra are spoken by Susan Shulman.
Ria Vanden Eynde uses the following lines in her folio
from our upcoming Kali portfolio of images.
Kali Ma, look at me,
Kalachakra - Ria Vanden Eynde ©2010
Sometimes I see you
crossing the field of my dream
Eyes red, tongue lolling
The worlds of my mind
Endlessly provoking me
To create new ones
for you to annihilate
Harshly showing me
That emptiness lies at their base
Only emptiness remains
Poem by Mimi Shapiro to be included in the Seeking Kali Artist DVD. Spoken by Susan Shulman.
Poems by Abha Iyengar to be included in the Seeking Kali Artist DVD. Spoken by Susan Shulamn
Abha Iyengar-Dance with Kali (13):
Come dance with me when my flower is full
Come dance with me when my heart is full
Come dance with Kali
I am all arms and legs entangled
Poem by Susan Shulman to be included in the Seeking Kali Artists DVD. Poem and Voice by Susan Shulman.