Terri Marie: Well, there you go. You have just stripped away all the essence of all the other stuff and come to a simplicity part of it again. I like the way that you did that John. As well as writing books, you also like poetry. Why do you like poetry? Is there anything special or anything that poetry can give us thats a little bit out of the ordinary?
John Harricharan: It is almost akin to music, I think poetry in its own way is music and you do very well writing poetry also Ive read some of yours and loved them. And I think poetry is the music of the soul expressed a little differently from just ordinary prose. It will evoke within us, feelings of grandeur and hope and so forth and as a little boy, I was tremendously influenced by poetry.
Actually I found almost everything poetic, and at the age of three, I was brought into this giant temple by my father were in front of a crowded temple. I recited the poem called A Song of life. And till this day, decades later, I still could step back and look at that little boy on the stage, as he ended it by saying lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime and departing leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.
I think poetry is therapeutic just as music is. And a poetry serves as a source of inspiration sometimes when were down in the arena and they have their boots on our necks, and the dust is in our nose and our mouth and we can hear the crowd screaming “Kill him, kill him, destroy him, use the sword on him” and we dont know where to — and today the crowds would probably be the people who hold your mortgage or who holds the notary of your car or your boss or your job or what not it hasnt changed much in thousands of years.
So we still get down in the arena, when that happens, we need all the strength and all the hope to say to our souls even when you were bleeding. It aint over yet, it isnt finished yet. It isn’t done yet. I can get up, I can get up, and thats when you get up and you sit down and youre kind it to yourself and you say, “Okay John, that stinks, that hurts, that was bad really bad.” But you have brushed the dust off and you go on. Do you know what keeps you going? Its hope. Hope keeps you going.
You dont need hope to have faith, but hope leads you to faith and it keeps you going until you take that other step and the other step and all of a sudden, the crowds are not boeing any longer. Youre in this arena, you’re in the stadium and they are shouting for you long live Terry Marie, long live Vish, Hurray for John. Now you have come from one place to the other and sources of inspiration such as, music, poetry, nature the company you keep, could take you there and make that road a little bit calmer, a little bit more interesting and a little bit more joyful.