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Bhagyalakshmi's Happiness Unbound
|by Dr. Rama Rao Vadapalli V.B.|
Bhagyalakshmi. J, Happiness Unbound, Konark Publishers, 1998, New Delhi, pp170, Price Rs 125/- ISBN 81-220-0536-5
Devoutness and Forbearance
A poet is alone with his feelings. Once he pens them, they are universal because they transcend portals of self and individual confines. - Bhagyalakshmi
A highly qualified officer of the Government while in service, Dr J. Bhagyalakshmi has been a poet. Earlier she has been associated with Poetry Club of India (Continuum) and editor of Communicator and Indian Foreign Review. She held the post of Director (Media) in the Ministry of Rural Areas and Employment. So far she has published four poetry collections: Happiness Unbound (19980, A Knock at the Door (20040, When Fortune Smiles (2007) and Missing Woods (2014).
But look at me,
The poet being a lover of literature even in her student days knows of Greek mythology and legends and speaks of Damocles and Phoenix too in her poems.
What waves are you sending out?
The speaker in this poem is in an exuberant mood of joy. Another speaker in another poem reveals a peculiar feeling in ‘Magic Tune’.
There is a magic tune
In ‘Ethereality’ the speaker aspires to sublime happiness:
Let me be pure radiance
In ‘Communion’ there a new way of being poetic for sending and sharing a vibration across closed lips with a question:
If I pen my thoughts,
Some poems impress the reader that the thoughts communicated are celestial. ‘In Silence’ the speaker said:
My thoughts come up to
In this the pronouns may refer only to the lover and the ladylove, the later being the poet-speaker.
I searched you out
In ‘I know not what to Say’
You are my inner self
‘Happiness Unbound’ is happiness released. It is seen even in the earlier poem also, in ‘Those Eyes of Thine’ which is pious and highly devotional:
…. ….. ….
In ‘Happiness Unbound’ there is a dialogue which ends thus:
“Do we know your father?”
Devoutness with deep faith is the theme of many poems. ‘Where Were You?’ is about a search:
I looked for you
Awareness of human failings and compassion too are in some poems like ‘The Living and the Dead’:
In the poem ‘Silent Pact’ the antecedent of the pronoun is left by the poet to the imagination of the reader. The ‘you’ could be the lover or even the Supreme Being.
I am because you are
Intense devotion is the hallmark of the religious mind and here it is so
…it is my earnest wish
‘Watch out’ is about impermanence:
I know the call will come
‘Eternal Spring’ is a deep yearning. The evasive dream is the floating thought.
Let me try once again
Serious and intense cerebration is revealed in ‘Siddhartha’.
At a glance –
The thinking could be that of Yasodhara.
…. ….. ….
‘Wail not for a dream’ again is moralistic:
For what use is a body.
Crossing the limit is the point in ‘Insurrection’. The cruel perpetrator’s jaw drops when the resistance in the victim of cruelty is witnessed:
When the chains were tightened,
In her very first collection, the poet Bhagyalakshmi has made her predilections and prowess evident. She expresses her feelings of devoutness to the Supreme Being and forbearance of all suffering caused by a perpetrator.
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