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Effervescent Poetic Pourings By Atreya Sarma
|by Pankajam K|
Sunny Rain-n-Snow by U Atreya Sarma
Sunny Rain-n-Snow is the maiden collection of poems by the eminent writer U Atreya Sarma containing sixty three poems classified in twelve categories, obviously a thematic categorization. These poems are written over a period of time (from the year 2009 to 2014). Below each poem date of its creation is marked.
The second poem “Crush and finish it!” is on a real incident of attempting to sacrifice a four day old infant by the unmarried minor girl’s father thinking that it will bestow them with occult powers and the poet pours out his heart thus;
Poem titled “WWW: Woman’s World of Woes”, the hurdles in the life of a woman at various stages of her life are sensitively contemplated and exposed by the poet, at the end he reiterates that without them our life would be petrified. The poem ends with a mind stirring query to the entire mankind:
The dialogues in the poem “The Dead Mother Blesses” between the dead mother and her children, who never cared for her will haunt the readers for long even after reading the poem. The poet makes the point clear that neither feeding the priests and others with ceremonial food, nor the extraneous rituals conducted are of any value as long as the dead was not given proper care when alive. The concluding stanza touches readers’ hearts:
The second segment ”Facets of Nature” undoubtedly sings nature’s glory. Poem titled “Hills” is a fine example of how in poetry less said is more.
One can contemplate the irony of a traveler dished up with satire in the poem “Aesthetic to the bathetic” in the following lines. The civic insensibleness of the society and lack of empathy for other road users are perceptively exposed here.
“Cloud’s Sibling” is a small poem, that puts a smile on readers’ face envisioning relationships between natural phenomena like clouds, winds, earth, rain, etc.
The picturesque description of personal feelings and emotions throws light on Atreya’s poetic process as reflected in the poems in the segment Epiphanies. Poem “Vertigo”, a dramatic monologue, displays the poet’s empathy towards the civil labourers who work under risky conditions in sky-rise buildings and the challenges faced by those dusty and sweated hands. The protagonist who moves into the building sees a gory dream and the floating images the poet creates will make the readers also jolt. The mood is maintained until the end of the poem and then only one can heave a sigh and the poem concludes with a self-revelation.
“The Mermaid” is a memoir on a personal experience of the poet venturing into the wild river-sea confluence on Saurashtra coast and the timely help of a fishing girl and her skiff, a poem so subtle and sensational.
In the segment Americana, the poems on places visited by the author with a few pictures are alluringly descriptive and exhaustive, making the readers tread along and get the real pictures of those places embedded in their minds. Poem “My Swan queen” on a trip to Niagra falls is wonderfully elusive, which made me nostalgic of my own trip to the place with its gorgeous and giggling gurgles cascading in my mind, making the poet’s wish mine too.
In the segment ‘Musings on poesy’ none can overlook the beauty of the cute little poem “Cradle of Poesy”.
Under ‘Relations & equations’, the glory of friendship is sung, while in ‘Romantic peeps’, it is the love in life that is praised. Poem titled “Human orbits” under ‘Reflectively Yours’ reminds one to be within their own bounds and honour the space in between. The poet is humane in thoughts towards pets and his compassion to the poor souls is reflected in the short poem “Unpaid watchman”.
The poem “A tryst with the terrorist” with its epilogue in double acrostic more than testifies Atreya’s exemplary language skills. If I quote, I have to quote the entire poem and hence I leave the suspense to the readers to explore it first-hand.
The philanthropy of a real caring heart is visible here reflecting his purity of purpose and honesty more than two hundred percent.
Poem “What’s in a name, Ms. Rosie?” with a playful tone is enjoyable to the core with inherent fun. ‘To my birthday baby’, a poem brimming with love is a re-assurance to the life partner, refreshingly beautiful, heartening and endearing with soulful lines:
Few Limericks are also included in this eclectic collection, which prove excellent in subtle sense of humor. The poet’s ability to employ imagery and metaphor excite the readers’ imagination and keeps one riveted to the page. In many a poem in this collection, the author's moral underpinnings are smartly woven into the fabric of the poems. I take pride in reviewing this book of poems and recommend it to the poetry lovers, having convinced with Atreya Sarma’s exceptional poetic talent .
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