Whereas Pouraka (Pour rah kah) is not a green garden, it is rather a sea cave but a garden all the same. It nurtures sea stars and anemones, coral and mosses and tiny creatures that are all a part of this wide and wonderful earth’s eco system.
The ocean is one of the least explored spaces in this galaxy, and yet it harbors more life than anywhere else that man knows of. When a person decides to go “green”, to use as many natural resources as possible, they are choosing to keep the ocean clean and unspoiled as much as they are protecting any other environment.
In the novel Pouraka, this sea cavern shelters springs that are magical. Now we may be talking fantasy rather than environmental protection but on one hand the magic represents dreams that some people have of peace, and safety and living in a world free from pollution. In the enchanted pools of Pouraka the merpeople transform into humans that can walk on the sandy beaches, or dolphins that swim the depths of the ocean.
There’s not story without conflict, just as in life. Just as those who believe in ‘green’ the enemy in Pouraka are the gill netters that seine life from the ocean floor and cast it away recklessly and indiscriminately. The oil rigs that pollute the air and the water, bringing torment to those nearby. And the dolphin hunters who drive the gentle creatures to a horrid death.
It’s my hope that Pouraka can touch more lives and encourage readers to go ‘green’ by bringing a new awareness of the importance every living creature on earth plays in the balance of life.
Pouraka is a love story but it’s also an environmental statement, and a gentle eye opener for those who don’t know what sea creatures suffer.
Thank you for having me on your blog Wenona. I’m thrilled that we met up!