Treasure Island

Sandra Fowler

(February,4,1937 / W. Columbia, WV, USA)

(1) A Friendship Bridge


You made me love the teachings of Tagore.
My thoughts were mesmerized by your sitar.
I kept the little flowers from India,
Artfully pressed to span a century.

Creative journeys never really end.
Our era is a lamp that still burns on.
I send some thoughts like flowers overseas
Their fragrance will outlast both you and me.

Your world class mind inspires me every day
To build a friendship bridge from West to East.
By touching souls with others, I touch yours.
The wonder of that sets two worlds alight.

'For the former editor of Ocarina, Dr. Amal Ghose who inspired
me to build friendship bridges between poets of the East and West'

Copyright,2008, Sandra Fowler

Submitted: Friday, May 16, 2008

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  • Saadat Tahir (7/4/2010 9:01:00 AM)

    beautiful poetic feelings... exquisetly expressed....
    a message, in a format and language that transcends boundaries and barriers...

    great lines... loaded with the weight of time and the beauty of what couldd be.

    cheers (Report) Reply

  • John Oconnell (7/2/2010 8:00:00 PM)

    The east is so rich in ways that we in the west have to fight for.
    thanks for this universal sentiment and kind regards,

    john (Report) Reply

  • Kannan G (3/24/2010 2:53:00 AM)

    Your endeavors to build a friendship bridge from west to east are really admirable! I am a newcomer to this site. I just had a glance through your poems and was highly impressed. In course of time I will take time to read more of them. Meanwhile I would like you to know that a selection of my poems too has been posted on this site. I would request you to kindly visit the same, at your convenience, and give me your valuable comments on some of them. (Report) Reply

  • Raj Nandy (3/13/2010 10:06:00 PM)

    A GREAT POEM SANDRA! I WISH I HAD READ THAT MAGAZINE 'OCARINA'!
    WHERE WAS IT PUBLISHED? FOR THIS POEM 10+++
    -Raj (Report) Reply

  • Maria C. Costa (1/7/2010 7:42:00 AM)

    I also love the fruitful teachings through your awesome poems, dearest Sandra.
    This is beautiful, and, actually, 'your world class mind inspires me every day'.
    May your blessed mind keep creating further and further journeys like the above one.
    Warmest reagrds,
    Maria (Report) Reply

  • Patrick A. Martin (11/16/2009 11:07:00 PM)

    One day I was sitting in my garden I looked up and you were there. I wondered how. So it was on the friendship bridge you arrived. No matter how you got here dear Bodhi Sattva that you are here is what makes my soul sing.
    Love Always Paddy (Report) Reply

  • Dr.Sanjib Das (10/7/2009 12:26:00 PM)

    THE POET HAS NO BARRIER,
    ALL BECOME HIS ADMIRER.
    YOU HAVE LEARNT TAGORE'S TEACHING,
    FOR YOU I HAVE A FEELING.
    TAGORE HAS UNIVERSAL NATIONHOOD,
    HE LEFT HIS CREATION FOR GOOD.
    HIS TEACHING GIVES YOU ENJOYMENT,
    IT'S YOUR GREAT ACHIVEMENT. (Report) Reply

  • C. P. Sharma (9/25/2009 10:17:00 PM)

    Eternity in the rosary beeds bound
    A thread through them in poetry found;
    Poets not bound by time and place
    Universal brotherhood in them blaze.

    Shakespeare to Ganhi sang songs of the soul,
    You build bridges to weave them into whole.
    CP (Report) Reply

  • Shashendra Amalshan (7/2/2009 10:49:00 AM)

    beautiful one indeed ma'am.. hey this is a beautiful one! ! ! .. as always.. nice to read the works of a great beautiful person indeed..
    with love
    shan (Report) Reply

  • Nikunj Sharma (6/26/2009 7:17:00 AM)

    Hey sandra

    This is an amzing piece with wonderful msg and intent. Pls read my poem called (the bridges we built) ...shall be grateful for your comments. (Report) Reply

  • Naidz Ladia (5/23/2009 4:29:00 PM)

    a beautiful piece..if all people in the world have an idea like this..PEACE and NO WAR goodwill to men..naizz (Report) Reply

  • Cindy Kreiner Sera (5/8/2009 8:01:00 AM)

    There is no better way to build understanding than having a friendship bridge crossing borders, communication and respect is needed to make things happen. Art goes beyond country, religion, race and colour Your poem shows the way as it positivity shines with peace and love...Cindy. (Report) Reply

  • premji premji (5/6/2009 3:58:00 AM)

    sandraji,
    i don't know whether you know about east-west university founded by nataraja guru, friend and philosopher of tagore. nataraja guru is from my place, a man who never believed in the frontiers separated world as different countries. he was a universal citizen. the university still exists as a true bond between eastern and western thoughts... nataraja guru says: life is constant purge....if everybody follows this, how beautiful the world would have been! (Report) Reply

  • Meggie Gultiano (5/3/2009 7:25:00 AM)

    a truly an inspiring write Sandra..I know that Friendship Bridge will always be there forever.
    I love this..So gentle and the flow of words are just lovely
    Hugs from here,
    meggie (Report) Reply

  • Samanyan Lakshminarayanan (3/9/2009 9:13:00 PM)

    what agreat teacher tagore is even today..i read his 'gitanjali' in my teens..a universal poet...there was another tamil saint poet 'THIRUVALLUVAR'...not a mention of religion or nationality in his work...this bridge is of utmost importance in
    todays scenario..i have written two poems 'the debate' and 'the brahmin's chair'
    involving tagore and gandhi....thank you for this lovely initiative mam (Report) Reply

  • Original Unknown Girl (2/25/2009 5:00:00 AM)

    What a beautiful poem Sandra, your friendship bridge reminds me of how I think we send out threads of friendship that bond souls together unknowingly to keep forever with us whilst treading the earth. Wondrous poem. HG: -) xx (Report) Reply

  • Andrew Blakemore (1/21/2009 3:32:00 AM)

    What a lovely thought Sandra to spread a little bit of peace and love across two continents. Beautifully presented too. Best wishes, Andrew (Report) Reply

  • Palas Kumar Ray (12/7/2008 3:50:00 AM)

    __________________________________________________________________
    Let the bridge of eternal friendship exists in between the East and the West.
    Your poetry I'm sure shall be the brick of the plinth to make this dream come true.
    ___________________________________________________________________ (Report) Reply

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