Ashtavakra and Other Poems
Authored By: Vineetha Mekkoth
Year of Publication: 2017
Some poems are read in a frenzied haste to imbibe the superficial essence….Some are read in tranquility at a leisurely pace to immerse your soul in the pleasurable experience that the poet offers through His/Her vision/ruminations on the varied kaleidoscope that we mortals simply call ‘Human Life’. Vineetha Mekkoth’s ‘Ashtavakra and Other Poems’ entranced me enough to commence on this poetic journey together where I confidently let her hold my hand and let her imagination take me to that promised land of colour and sweet nothings( Extract from the poem –Place your hand in mine, dear).
Like a brimming, playful river that charts its own course with each bend opening new vistas of undulated, virgin land, each poem in this collection posits a new facet of the poet’s unbridled imagination and concern for human life and travesties of modern so called educated society. The lines from the very first poem of this collection -‘Man – I am a woman……You can bruise me, you can batter me but my spirit will remain forever free’(From One to Another)…touched a deep chord within me as it so vividly depicted the plight of women worldwide who are subjugated, humiliated,imprisoned, fettered by the shackles of patriarchy. The angst of human soul caught in the humdrum of mundane life is brought out beautifully in another poem called ‘Paper Boat Dreams‘- where the imprisoned soul takes a decision finally – ‘ I will let me go because I am tired of being me’.
Another noteworthy poem is Ashtavakra where myth and reality is blended beautifully and the angst of modern life that has suffocated and paralyzed humaneness in humanity is highlighted with acute poignancy. The beautiful carefree days of yore spent in grandma’s lap listening to the songs of summer – a summer that can never return in this modern materialistic age of ours is brought out in the poem ‘Granma’s Summer‘.
Each poem in this collection made me trudge willingly with the poet, crossing so many rivulets of emotions, pushing through bush and briar(Moon World) to finally reach the end of this wonderful poetic offering where my soul seeped in the vivid imagery etched by the poet yearned for more.
I eagerly look forward to Vineetha Mekoth’s next poetic offering…. I am taking the liberty to amend two lines from her Roseate Sonnet- In Our Hands
What promises does the next volume hold?
What bright poetic vision waits to unfold?
A must read for all who value life in all its myriad forms….Kudos Vineetha Mekkoth!!!!