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Chiariascuro - Light and Shade - Contrast
|by Dr. Rama Rao Vadapalli V.B.|
Kaki Venugopala Rao, Ripples and Reflections,
In all its radiant glory,
Kaki titled this maiden collection of poems Ripples and Reflections but this is in fact a chiariascuro, a work of light and shade and a presentation of contrast. A highly promising collection of poems, this book is a self-representation of thoughts, feelings and perceptions of the poet. Cherubs, love, ‘Amor Vincit Omnia,, women, Mother, God, human mentality of men and the fair sex, patriotism, smiles, remembering teachers, of charity wasted, and paying tribute for Mahatmas, the value of life and living , of poetry, moralising, of nature, are the themes of this poet who is basically a teacher and thinker. Brevity is the soul of Kaki’s poetry. In ninety-six pages fifty poems are packed. Moralising is this poet’s forte. The depth of feeling and the skill of word building of this preacher are captivating.
Children are often thought off as God’s cherubs. The poem Bubbler is talked about describing his playful acts. A teacher himself, the poet sees the kid as a loving one with the wisdom a learner.
Eyes are the theme of many a poem here. The clicking eyes speak of the capacity of seeing with a sage’s eye.
Eyes are the theme of this poet in many a poems
A little blade of grass can teach man and bless him with a capacity to weather a storm.
The poet has deep reverence for mother whether it is bird, animal, good looking or ‘ugly’ in some eyes. The poet sees a huge swine sucking its little ones. The one who sees the mother swine with reverence is a sage and seer. Piglets are divine made too. We remember St. Francis of
The one with the heart in the right place can have a broad vision. A little boy asks his father a question – not generally a question by a little boy. The thoughtful parent sees a little saint searching for the Master Gardener of a splendid garden, this world with its variety of created things. God the visionary adores one and all. The spiritual bent of the poet’s mind is evident in almost in every poem.
The poet looks at things, men and matters all around with a sense of high seriousness. A little girl’s offering a flower to him makes him ask a little question. Her simple and loving answer throws him off his feet in wonder. The perspicacity of the little girl is astounding. He concludes the poem with deep pensiveness.
God is described with deep devotion as a Master Artist. In most of the poems the speaker is the real ‘I’, the poet himself. His personality and resplendent faith and admiration makes the reader spell bound.
Even a blade of grass unfurls the flag of the beauty of life. It has the wisdom to bend without breaking.
For the wise it is very easy to quickly estimate the purity a man and a woman. This is lucidly explained.
A person’s smile is greater than a mirror revealing a lot. The dark cloud is a spectacular celestial painting revealing God’s mind at that moment. They are more mysterious than even the creator.
God is the central theme in the poet’s creative mind. Readers would understand the devotional thought processes in the poet’s mind. This does not mean that this poet is blind to the actual reality of the mundane world where corruption is rampant.
The poet thinks of the aspects of growth in the devotional mind. There are two pomes on metamorphosis describing the miracle of love. The young girl is seen as a blossoming woman and the man being profound and genteel while blossoming into a worthy love. Love wins all. The two poems are several pages apart.
The external ever day world is not unobserved. The poet sees law, more in violation than in practice. Corruption is rampant corroding laws. This poem is about a man who petitions for some kind of help as a pension. Files are heaped on tables gathering dust. He only way to keep is moving is greasing the palms under the table.
Then about awards and prizes, the poets wry when he thinks of the worthy ones being only modest and humble and perhaps for that reason is never a winner.
Begging, a social evil has become a pestilence. The charity offered by the kind hearted in good faith is often misused making the helpful disgruntled thinking of the futility of help
Things have gone awry. Rules, laws and courts are made non-functional. The poet is right in asking the forgiveness of the Father of the Nation.
The poet pays high tribute to the man who has been an angel dreaming and trying to make the angel dreaming of a glorious India. Hope is a thing with feathers, said a poet as well as our Mahatma, the venerable Abdul Kalamji. When people work hard and shoulder to shoulder with right hand to right things would definitely look us, brighter and brighter.
The Little Angel of Excellence is a story poem and a hallowing experience to the poet. The angel has been a shocking experience when the poet was told by the little girl’s mother that the young one was dumb.
This poem is the feeling of a patriotic heart, a song of hope.
Suicide is considered an act of faithlessness. A prophet and a sage always sees beauty in the true quality of living in beauty. The person who fails to understand the beauty of life commits this sin of self-destruction. Loss of faith is a sin.
Every poet wished at a stage of his growth and flowering what he considers a poem should be. Kaki considers that a poet with great qualities of understanding and imaginative poet. Again and again his poems reveal his heart and mind-set
A poem is described as an illumination, a rainbow celestial of the glory of God’s grandeur.
Shades, shadows and darkness which is understood with glowing sympathy all along is mystic joy. Kaki’s is a good beginning and a lot is sure to follow very soon.
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