My chosen theme for this year’s AtoZChallenge is “CopyCat” poetry or poetry inspired by a poet or poem. Over the course of the month, I shall be featuring various poets, some of them well-known, some of them Indian and some of them women, and I shall be using either their theme or a word or their poetry form as inspiration to write a poem of my own.
For the first day of the challenge, I start off by featuring a poem by A.K.Ramanujan. A.K.Ramanujan is one of the well-known Indian poets. He has written poetry in both English and Kannada. I am honoured that he happens to be related to me, albeit in a distant way(my grandmother’s sister is married to his brother!). The beauty of my chosen theme is that, it is giving me the opportunity to read a wide variety of poems to choose one that inspires me. It has been a wonderful experience so far indulging in poetry. Reading poetry requires you to pause long enough to absorb the essence of the poets words, it requires you to be in the moment, kind of like mindfulness and hence is proving to be a cleansing experience. Without further ado, I present “Self-Portrait”.
Self-Portrait – A. K. Ramanujan
I resemble everyone
but myself, and sometimes see
despite the well-knownlaws
the portrait of a stranger,
often signed in a corner
by my father.
Source: All Poetry
Here is my Copycat /Inspired poem inspired by the theme and tone of this poem.
by Namratha Varadharajan
I spy on myself in the mirror-
a hazy image of who I thought I will be.
A drawing without an outline nor definition,
the accumulated grind grime of daily living
has eroded off my edges.
Do leave me your feedback for the poem and my theme. I am open to constructive criticism. Drop in your link in the comments throughout the AtoZChallenge so that it is easier for me to visit you.