In Harshada Pathare’s anthology You Complete Me, the intellectual and ecstatic passions of life are explored, from motherhood to romantic love. No subject is too small for examination, or unworthy of comparison to universals and great truths.

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In Harshada Pathare’s anthology You Complete Me, the intellectual and ecstatic passions of life are explored, from motherhood to romantic love. No subject is too small for examination, or unworthy of comparison to universals and great truths.

When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the luster of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.

- Quote by Akhenaton

In the title poem, “You Complete Me,” as well as in “Goddess of Life,” a writer praises and expresses admiration for the resiliency of his beloved despite the conflict and troubles she has endured, and invokes his hopes for their relationship and their future together. The writer’s composition is a grand tribute to the magnitude and honor of Feminine prowess. As the epitome of grace and beauty, women should meditate to connect with their divine energies that rule in this universe and rise beyond the mortal consciousness.

In “God’s Ambassador,” the speaker similarly speaks with reverence and amazement of the beloved’s beauty and fortitude. In “A Shrine So Tall,” the speaker looks to the future and the struggles of life, and foresees a life of trust and grace with the beloved.

In “Offerings,” the speaker tells his loved one that he cannot offer her any monuments, only the promise of his eternal love and devotion. He speaks to the nature in which the couple complement and support each other emotionally. In a similar vein, in the poems “I Need You” and “You Are Enough,” recounts how the beloved’s presence is all that the speaker requires for happiness and fulfillment.

In “Love of Raindrop,” the speaker uses every day objects, such as raindrops, to speak of how he wishes to care for his loved one, and the speaker uses nature as an emblem for eternity as part of his promise of eternal love and commitment. In “Messenger of Love,” the speaker calls upon the universe to send him his beloved. Similarly, in the poems “In the Sweetness,” and “Map to Love,” the speaker is separated from the beloved and hopes for reunion.

In a reversal, “Gift Yourself” is from the feminine perspective, and calls upon the man that is the subject of the poem to “gift himself” to women, instead of giving them any material goods. The poem emphasizes spiritual and emotional connection and commitment. Similarly, the poem “Your Presence” is an ode to the writer’s romantic interest and the relationship. The relationship is conveyed as eternal and limitless; it is a renewal in a winter of solitude. The poem depicts the enduring relationship of the souls that unite together in each incarnation as send by God. In addition, in the poem “Touch of Lover,” the writer gives thanks for the passionate and intellectual relationship the writer has with the unknown lover who is central to the poem. The relationship is celebrated as both spiritual and everyday in its domestic quality.

The poem “The Secret” depicts the speaker wandering and seeking guidance, while promising the beloved to keep the secret with which the speaker was entrusted. Keeping the secret involves emotional fortitude, but the loved one’s presence outweighs that cost. In “Assorted Love,” the different types of love, from divine love to self-love, are described and explored. In “Dove for Love,” the speaker still has not found true love, and prays for the universe to make the future beloved appear. The poems “Love for her” and “Fall Upon Me” explore love from a more sensual perspective, but also ultimately ties that sense of love into a spiritual perspective.

The poem “My Baby” chronicles a mother’s hopes and dreams for her child. Calling her child a “philosopher,” the poem explores her amazement at the everyday, minute, miracles that motherhood brings her via her child. Motherhood brings rejuvenated joy in the everyday, and hope for the future. In “Baby Pink or Blue,” the baby’s gender is still unknown, and the speaker promises any sacrifice to keep the unborn child happy and thriving.

In the poem, “If You Could,” the writer asks the woman he loves to use her sympathy with Nature to understand and love him. He promises her a “million splendid suns” if she is able to accept his love. Similarly, in “Home Sweet Home” a male speaker apologizes for his misdoings, and uses the metaphors of nature to describe how his love’s presence affects him. In “Be With Me,” the speaker similarly pleads for the beloved’s return, and uses the metaphors of nature to describe the loved one’s effect and presence.

The poem “Today” is a writer’s evocation of the present moment, and it calls for readers to live in the moment and witness the gift of life. Directly calling upon God as the provider of the day’s rewards, the writer asks for the audience to enjoy the blessings of the day as the Creator’s gifts. In turn, in the poems “Time” “Time Knows the Best,” and “Ancient Secrets of Life” reassure the listener that while pain is a part of life, character is eternal and that trusting oneself is crucial to living an ethical and authentic life. Similarly, in “Faces We Meet” and “Life is a Gift,” the speaker emphasizes the importance of “beautiful hearts and good thoughts,” in a world which focuses more on physical beauty and youth. In “Born to Rise,” the speaker recounts the trials of life, and his or her trust in the universe that life will improve with time and patience.

Harshada Pathare’s poetry anthology pursues the extremes of human relationships, friendship, and spiritual ideals. Her meditations on motherhood, religion, and romantic love illustrate her quest for universal truths. Unhesitating in offering life lessons to the reader, she confronts the pain of transition and growth, promising redemption through belief in a divine mission.

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Drinking a cup of tea can be the most powerful technique of meditation if done with complete mindfulness.

— Harshada Pathare

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