Meenu,the meemi -V, turtle Dodamma

Meenu, the meemi dived deep into the waters to reach out to Turtle dodamma, who has seen many generations of humans themselves. A mystic who carried her own home on her back, Turtle dodamma had no interest in others’ affairs. But Meenu had seen her mom consult her for advices and suggestions in difficult situations. And it was time for some sage counsel now.

Turtle dodamma was a recluse who talked less and worked even lesser. It was not clear what she did the whole of five hundred years of living on the planet. Perhaps she lived long because she did nothing. Anyways, Meenu, the meemi was advised to pluck a few plants from the lake bed and collect a few tadpoles for her mom. This should cure her of the fatigue and tiredness. Meenu, the meemi did just that and soon returned to Turtle dodamma for some serious talk.

Turtle dodamma loved the vivacious Meenu, the meemi and her shiny scales. Turtle dodamma closed her eyes and talked slowly about the life beyond the lake. She described Meenu’s kith and kin who lived in rivers and danced in joy, they were called dolphins. She also talked about the fierce sharks and the gentle whales who ruled the deep waters of the oceans. ‘But not anymore.’ Meenu, the meemi was startled at the sadness in Turtle dodamma’s voice. She asked quickly ,’but why Turtle dodamma?’ ‘Because they are not free of dirt or disease either. The humans are everywhere and they leave a dirty trail behind. They, the humans have changed everything and left devastation all around’. Turtle dodamma nodded her small head sadly.

‘But’, asked Meenu, the meemi, ‘is there nothing I can do?’ Turtle dodamma laughed gently. ‘If you can be heard by them, perhaps then’.

‘Don’t they speak our language? Maybe I can learn theirs. Amma tells me anything is possible if there is a will. And I am born to do great things, Turtle dodamma’. Turtle dodamma didn’t say anything. It looked as if she had gone into a trance. After paddling around her for a few minutes, Meenu, the meemi returned to her mother.

Somethings have to change now. How long can the hegemony of humans go on? When the adversary is treacherous and vile, one has to look to connect to him.

Meenu, the meemi watched her mom becoming more sprightly and cheerful as the medicine started to work. She thanked Turtle dodamma in her heart. Tomorrow I have to meet her again. In great wars, one needs great mentors and there can’t be anyone wiser than Turtle dodamma, after all she has seen many generations of humans themselves.

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Turtle dodamma

And the blue god said

I made you at the first of dawn

picking shades of sun to clothe you

from black, to deep blue, to light, to golden

I chose every tender shade to color you

I breathed wind into your chest

and carved your ears from the

music of the birds

I borrowed from the sky those eyes you behold

to enable you to see me, and the rest of you

I molded you in the fire of desire

dried you in the longing for love

enabled in you the power to reign

a mind to devise

methods to scale thoughts

reach out to spirits abound

I kissed you on your lips

and set you afloat

in the river of life for you to thrive

sometimes be thrashed, tossed

battered and bruised

I knew you would survive

knowing how well I made

each breast of yours in loving care

your slender neck and eyes so bright

your waist sometimes tiny, sometimes not

your hips to bring forth life

your legs to carry your sweet love around

I knew you will falter but never fail

you will doubt but never give up

you will love and be loved

giving and receiving love, joy ,wisdom and pleasure

in equal measure

I knew you, my beloved

my heart’s content

my bliss

when you reach your journey’s end

your sparkling soul will azure shine

and again you be mine .


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