The word “adventure” has that magical quality, an out of this world call the human spirit must answer. No matter what lies ahead.
The unknown is attractive, seductive. Can be a sublime experience, sometimes.
Foreign lands leap up from the pages of a book, render us helpless with a deep craving to go out and explore.
When I hear words spoken in a language I don’t recognize, it sparks curiosity. I must know more.
Each country visited, so far, has been a treasure trove.
Petra in Jordan is one such. One of the seven wonders of the world. Each grain of sand its own story. Words need not be spoken. The hot wind sings its own song.
Red rocks threw out challenge after challenge, I climbed higher and higher, emboldened by the sheer majesty of sky, rocks, sand, and universal energy pulsating over all. Not unlike writing. It was up to me to tell the stories that had been in me all this time. Rocks. Yes, those sandstone rocks of Petra urged me to keep moving forward, show up at my desk every day, write, share my writing.
After a visit to the lantern themed silk road exhibition in Toronto a few years back, my feelings for the majestic Petra which had lain dormant, rose to its full stature, reminding me of the great adventure I had there. With the result, the wildly sensory adventure of fourteen year old Mariam who is the central character in my prose poetry “The Legend of Mariam – the one who followed a caravan.”
That exercise turned into a deeply contemplative process.
I included “The Legend of Mariam – the one who followed a caravan” in the poetry section of my book TWENTY TWO FOR 22. Let Mariam tell you in her own words, her adventures in the desert. This desert can be anywhere in the world.
We feel without seeking. These feelings are spontaneous - the best kind.
Photo Credit - Purabi Sinha Das
Rocks of Petra
Twenty Two For 22
"Launched during the pandemic when borders were closed and
journeys of any kind all but a dream, Twenty Two for 22 is a portal,
a passageway, a glimpse into another world, bringing you to your
greatest passion of exploring global cultures and provides food
for the soul; one page at a time. Filled with nostalgia, heartache,
adventure and magic, Twenty Two for 22 creates an escape, one
which is above all filled with human stories that encapsulates a
range of emotions including vulnerability that allows for a real
connection across generations and time."
-Umbereen Inayet, Artistic Director and Curator, City of Toronto
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