Niki Stella Sideridou’s Quest for Peace & Love in The Water Lilies of Farewell

J. Koutsochera’s comment on Niki stella’s poetry is worth noting when he remarks, “Deepest thoughts transubstantiated into real poetry.”

            Undoubtedly her poetry not only talks of sentimental and delicate ideas, it is also the revelation of life’s burning experiences and pain of whole humanity epitomized in few poetical lines only. In fact her book The Water Lilies of Farewell is as myriad as life. It talks of universalities love peace, subjectiveness, directness, and human values which are the warp and woof of life. Niki stella is disciple of love and its universality. Her own admission is,”/We are rays of unlimited love/From which we come from/And to which we return.” (W.L.F.P.11)

Her ecstasy in the divine dance of love can be marked out in the most of her poems.’ She even thanks the divine phenomena called love for its overwhelming poets:

“Thanks to love /I become a song, /A prayer, a psalm, /Thanks to love /I started exiting /And I become a river, /A tear and a sob ….” (P.86)

But love is not a all goody-goody phenomena, its has streaks of pain and pricking sensation also. This queer aspect of love is interrogated by the poetess:

“Love! A wounded dream!/An unrealistic phantacy !/An unbearable unfulfilled desire!/A deep crashing pain!/Why?”(P.87) At another place she admits love as:” little wounded bird,/that flew in to my chest/to save itself or die…..”(P. 79)

Although Niki seeks love in the bosom of her lover, but the lover’s response is quiet different and she has to sip the drought of bitterness and keep mum. On the indifference of lover, she desperately exclaims: “But your heart was so frozen/And your glance foreign/And your soul empty/That nothing else remains:/With my lips tight/I leave desperate.”(P-57)In several other poems Niki Stella appears to be a spokesman of human value of Truth, Peace, Love, Righteousness, and Non-violence when at times she insists on the establishment of pillars Peace and Happiness for the wounded civilization. She wishes like a baby: “If I only were a tiny fairy/With my magic stick/To touch and turn/The frightful global weapons/Into civilization tools/To fill the whole world up/With stunning schools/Medicines parks for children,/Caring warm small house…..”(P. 28)

In her poem ‘Stop’ she pays a tribute to peace which evinces her deep concern for the global disparities and discrepancies. Giving a crystal clear picture of modern world she enlists: “People are running, /They are chased:/By the nuclear warheads. By the neutron bombs/By the napalm bombs/By the bombers, the B-52s/By the guided missiles M-X/Cruise ss-20, and persing 2.” (P.14)

In a pithy expression, she sketches the predicament of man saying: “Having a computer/For a mind/But no feelings.”(P. 14)

At another place she appears to be the one opposing the strong country’s threats to the weaker one: “I would like to stop/The (Big ones) from interfering/With small and innocent countries/To impose tyranny/When in their own countries/They have democracy’…….” (P.29)

And to the world she has nothing to offer but love and peace: “To the word I presented my poetry/My flam for love and peace! /I stand at the and of the twentieth century/With my soul filled with calm.”(P. 95) She has dedicated her whole life for the novel course of humanity and love:“I have ever given up my life/To get lost in eternity,/There where time ceased to matter./There where love has been raised to the top/Of the highest belfry of the celestial dome.”           In her epilogue she urges: “Loneliness ! At least get away from love!/Leave love alone, oh loneliness !”

            Thus in the plain expression of the poetess the inherent purposefulness is visible in all the poems, which are her constant effort and search for love and peace on the globe. It is not on ordinary plainness but a magic in words. George Kaftantzis’s remarks is latent evidence in this regard, “It isn’t just the plain expression of the female sensibility. Nor the spontaneous lyricism or the instinctive may be but wise choice of your aesthetically useful elements that give your verse this simple charm at times I could say magic.”

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