Category: Poems

The Seeker

I entered with a pained heart my soul clouding with despair and my racing thoughts seeking silence   I looked at the flower-bedecked image overpowered by its beauty I absorbed the pervading incense and listened to the holy chants the mumbling priest came with his silver platter and extended the flame I reached out for…

A Psalm of Life – Longfellow

I have a list of inspiring songs and poems that I listen to or read when I’m feeling down or depressed and this is one of them. It’s a very didactic (preachy) one and though I normally don’t prefer preachy stuff, at times, in life, you need some advice 🙂 😉 American poet Henry Wadsworth…

The Road not Taken – Frost

I’m in the mood for poetry today 🙂 Think poetry is a great hobby to cultivate if you’re somewhat lazy, or short of time, or the kind who’s always looking for shortcuts!! 😉 Seriously, a short poem can provide you with the same wisdom and insights that many pages of an essay or a book can.…

Kannada Poet Kuvempu

Eminent Kannada writer and poet – Kuvempu (K V Puttappa 1904 – 1994) was born on this day – Dec 29. He’s considered to be one of the greatest Kannada writers. Sharing an English translation of one of his most famous poems – “Aniketana” (A Free Spirit). Among other things, Kuvempu wrote about his vision…

Music is the Original Poetry

Wrote these lines while listening to some soulful instrumental Rabindra Sangeet in a restaurant, during my recent visit to Kolkata! Amazingly touching and inspiring music that communicated without words or voice, and made it very easy to write……..should get hold of the collection for more inspiration…. 🙂 😉 After years of promises and aeons of…

When You Walked Out

When you walked out Life lost all its poetry as I wandered through time Never found symmetry or the joy sublime that made me want to write in ecstasy and delight PS: Photo of rain strewed Parijat flowers on a path in the monsoon.

The Daydream

I invited life to my desolate home and you walked in disguised as love filled my days with delight and laughter thought the joy would last forever But the castle crumbled into the air the daydream ended in a nightmare Love’s an illusion and life unreal yet those deceptive moments made living worthwhile

Memories of Mangoes

Each time I gaze at a mango tree it revives some exquisite memory or some forgotten longing beautiful, joyful, slushy and sentimental like the fruit both sweet and sour and I lose myself for hours remembering childhood spent in gardens filled with the beloved green scented presence Simply love mango trees that were a very…

Always the First Time

  André Breton (1896 – 1966) was an eminent French poet and writer. One of his most famous and beautiful poems is “Toujours pour la première fois” (Always the first time). Tried to translate the last few lines of that poem into English. ——————————— Pushed to the edge of the precipice by your absence I discover…

A Poem for Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day – the day chosen to celebrate women’s achievements in the scientific, social, economic, cultural, political and other fields. It’s also the day to talk about women’s empowerment and remind ourselves that a lot remains to be done in this regard. Here’s a great poem contrasting a “free bird” to a…

In Memoriam…

Am going to soon move to another city and shift into another apartment. Have been busy sorting things out and cleaning up in that context. It’s simply amazing how much clutter we accumulate over time, and how difficult it is to declutter. Was reading some online tips and one great idea was to “digitize to…

Why we write poetry?

Poetry is the subject closest to my heart and I feel happiest when I’m either writing it or about it. Wrote an earlier post on how a great poem might be defined and evaluated. In this post, I’d like to write about why poetry is written. The best possible reason to write poetry is of…