Poetry Is Immortal Alas Invisible!

Time is slipping right underneath our feet,
“This moment”, its precious.
Dawn fades
Giving way for the stars to twinkle.

We wait impatiently
For an unborn tomorrow
While mourning over,
a dead yesterday
and In between we guiltlessly murder
a thriving today.
This cycle continues-
Once a hope
Later a victim.
Spreading the potion of anxiety everywhere.........

(BRAZEN- Copyright©2016 Radhika Menon N. All Rights Reserved)



"By paying tribute to the men and women whose only instrument is free speech, who imagine and act, UNESCO recognizes in poetry its value as a symbol of the human spirit’s creativity. By giving form and words to that which has none – such as the unfathomable beauty that surrounds us, the immense suffering and misery of the world – poetry contributes to the expansion of our common humanity, helping to increase its strength, solidarity and self-awareness."

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

Hence we celebrate world poetry day on 21march 2016 or is it just some of us who do? How many of us write poetry? Maybe 1/3rd or lesser than that. Well just tell me how many of us read poetry, and we’ll be in deep contemplation thinking that there’s thousand other things more important and time consuming than poetry . Then why should we waste time for poetry? Isn’t it too unproductive? A group of words that preach philosophy which hardly make any sense in real life? Will it change our circumstance? Will it be a solution for our problems or will it give us enough entertainment that we forget our lives difficulties?

Questions like these will definitely cross your mind when you read poetry or hear about it. But on this world poetry day allow me to enlighten you a bit. Poetry is not simply some thick words that are grouped together. It is neither for the literature students to study and reflect nor for the elitist to recite on their formal occasions to show off their vastness of knowledge.

Poetry is not only what is written by philosophers but each of us who find solace in it. Yes solace which means comfort, comfort from what is happening around us and within us. It is for each of you or rather each of us who find it hard to fulfil everyone’s expectation, for each of us who sacrifice our happiness for that of others, for those of us who is fighting for an identity, whose love is forbidden and especially whose entire life is a compromise. Poetry is a voice for the voiceless, a balm for a bleeding soul, a tint of hope for the hopeless and many more. If there was no poetry then we would be scratching our emotions out on our very own skin.

The power of words is huge. It not only pass through your eyes and mind   but also your heart and soul. It gives happiness to a satisfied soul,  hope to a battered soul, confidence to a hopeless soul. In this world of reality when we run behind luxurious comforts, why is it  so difficult in finding sometime for yourself  and reflecting upon it in a paper? Why do we go in pursuit of happiness when it is lying within ourselves?

From the open windows of my room
I could hear the sad murmurings of lost souls
When darkness spreads
In fear they cry for comfort
As dawn breaks
Joyfully they wander in the wilderness
Seeking for their lost mates.

(Lostsouls -Copyright©2015 Radhika Menon N. All Rights Reserved)


Poetry can be written by any common man not only by Shakespeare, Frost and Wordsworth. It is not necessary that poems must contain such indigestible words whose meaning even the poet knows not. Poetry has no rules. It is not written rather it is an outpouring of a soul, whose deepest and darkest wounds need no treatment but recognition, whose happiness need an audience.

We don’t need to brood over what to write or how to write just take the pen in your hand and the rest your heart will do. The only point to be kept in mind is that don’t try to artifice any of your writing and it will lose its charm. So on this world poetry day let for once your soul get the chance to speak. And for those of you who loves writing,  let your writing be a life changer for others. For Pen is mightier than the sword. Happy writing folks!!!!