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
in shop-windows
despite the well-knownlaws
of optics,
the portrait of a stranger,
date unknown,
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.

Phantom, me

by Namratha Varadharajan

showered naked

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.

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35 thoughts on “A for A.K.Ramanujan, my poem: Phantom, me – #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

    • April 2, 2019 at 10:48 pm
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      Glad you liked it Suchita. Thank you for visiting and commenting

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    • April 2, 2019 at 10:10 am
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      Thank you. Glad you enjoyed reading it

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    • April 2, 2019 at 10:15 am
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      Yes it is beautiful. Thanks for reading

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    • April 2, 2019 at 8:33 am
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      Thanks for visiting and commenting

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  • April 2, 2019 at 12:12 am
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    I love your theme and the way you’ve written your own poem inspired by the famous poet’s poem. This is so beautifully done.

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  • April 1, 2019 at 11:15 pm
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    I liked the inspired poem. I wouldn’t call it copycat. I spy on myself in the mirror…..this tells a lot about the nature of the person.

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    • April 1, 2019 at 11:29 pm
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      I called it copycat because it is more catchy:) I would say I am attempting inspired or derived poetry. Thanks for reading Kalpana.

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  • April 1, 2019 at 9:51 pm
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    This is so unique and refreshing… Look forward to other posts…

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  • April 1, 2019 at 9:28 pm
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    That is a unique theme. Loved your take on the original! Good luck

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  • April 1, 2019 at 9:26 pm
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    Nice one! Especially the last line made me think. Time, experiences, relationships….. so many things can change us from who we actually are!!

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    • April 1, 2019 at 10:08 pm
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      There are indeed many factors that change us make us unrecognizable. Thanks for reading Radhika

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  • April 1, 2019 at 7:19 pm
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    Awesome work! It’s a strange experience that I think many of us can relate to: looking in the mirror and not really being sure who it is that’s looking back.

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    • April 1, 2019 at 7:35 pm
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      You got the essence of my intention🙂

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  • April 1, 2019 at 5:16 pm
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    lovely poem and I really loved your theme, looking forward to read more from you.

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    • April 1, 2019 at 3:24 pm
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      Thank you Rashi. Glad you liked them

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  • April 1, 2019 at 1:37 pm
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    Love your theme. And what a lovely poem and reproduction of the original piece

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  • April 1, 2019 at 12:27 pm
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    Wow ! Just loved the poem both of them how we lose ourselves in becoming everything else

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    • April 1, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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      Yes we do loose ourselves in the journey of life

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  • April 1, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    Both poems bring out the feeling of anonymity which assails us at times. There are times when we fail to recognise ourselves. Excellent reproduction of the theme.

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    • April 1, 2019 at 8:37 am
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      Thanks Jai. I loved working on the poems.

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  • April 1, 2019 at 12:50 am
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    What a great idea! I love the first poem you chose, and I also love what you did for yours. Looking forward to the next installments 🙂

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  • April 1, 2019 at 12:46 am
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    Oh goodness me! What a beautiful theme do you have in here! We can learn some amazing poets, their works and your inspired take too! Wowsome!

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    • April 1, 2019 at 8:35 am
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      Thank you Shalini. I like your book theme too though I might skip reading about the books I haven’t read before..

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