Stringing a Garland


Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service

I sit mesmerized, as I thread each delicate flower
The petals are perfectly arranged from a dew`s shower.
It is true that only God can use His power
To create such beauty imprinted in every flower.
Making this garland is going to take at least an hour.

This earthly flower will adorn the neck of a deity.
I weave each flower with such spontaneity.
The flowers and foliage are freshly plucked from my garden
So, I use it to make an earthly garland.
Trying not to let the garland get tangled,
I try catching the thread, making sure each flower is perfectly angled
I weave it into perfect ring
So, I continue, threading one flower at a time.
This is an earthly necklace, subtle and sublime.
This mala is an act of love and adoration.
I offer it to you, in an act of appreciation.
There’s no lotus or jasmines for decoration.
Cause finding you, I found my inspiration.

It’s a sanctity of motivation, therefore I thread a petal
Hoping to be in your warm, tender embrace.
Will only lead me to divine illumination
So, I humbly offer It to you.
It is the best I could do!


Meaning of Mala: A garland is a circular decoration made from flowers and leaves, worn round the neck or head of a bridal couple or deity.


Dr Usha Roopnarain – Former parliamentarian in the National Assembly of South Africa, social activist and passionate about human rights and gender equality.



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