Pluto – #AtoZChallenge 2019

Poetry is not a genre everyone reads, and not everyone who reads it likes it either. What the poet wishes to express might be one thing, what the reader understands might be completely different. But I feel that’s the beauty of the genre too, and I love reading poems as much as I love writing them. When it comes to poems, I have few favorites, and among those favorites is the legendary Gulzar saab. I’ve read a few of his poetry collections already, translated into English, and I like them a lot.

Gulzar laments that Pluto has lost its status as a planet, that it is so far away and so tiny. So he gifts his “pint-sized” poems to it. All I can say is that having such poems dedicated to it, I’m a little envious of that puny planet! How wonderful he writes, addressing relationships and showing the beauty that we miss in what we feel or judge as ordinary. .

Could relate to few poems…

I read poetry books in a different way. I don’t go in order, I just open a random page and experience that verse on that page. It makes it more interesting I feel. When I opened this book for the first time, I saw a couplet. Not very often can I relate to another’s poem in a very personal way, but this one felt like it was about me. And it made me more curious to read more and see. The couplet is…

If it bleeds, it is but a wound
Otherwise, every hurt is a poem

I am one who finds words to be therapeutic, especially when I’m able to put my thoughts onto paper and rhyme. I could get this easily. There are other poems that are beautiful too, like those titled “Balm” and “Holding Up The Sky”. In their beauty, they make me ponder about life. That’s a quality of a good poem I feel. The blurb of this book says, “In Gulzar’s work, even the darkest moments are filled with light; hope never gives way to despair.” And that to me sums it up perfectly. For me, it’s a book that speaks a lot, for I take refuge in the hope that poems bring to me.

This is the 10th year of the #AtoZChallenge and my tenth year attempting it. My theme this year is Books – Read and Loved. As evident by the theme, I am going to write on books I’ve read and loved.

Liked this? Read some of my earlier posts written about Books.

Vinay Leo R.
18. 04. 2019

Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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