Ravikumar C.P.

(Bangalore)

Beyond Memories


1

This world will finally forget everything,
Sooner or later things will fade away.
Yet you ask me if I remember
Your words of yesterday!

Will a plant remember how many flowers
Bloomed in yesteryear's spring?
If you ask a bird, will it recall,
How many tunes did it sing?

Does an ocean remember how many rivers
Have flown into it and become its part?
Does the sky remember how many stars
Have shone or fallen from the very start?

2

We owe our very existence
To our memories, you and I -
We mean something to one another
When we remain in each other's memory.

Every human being attempts to frame
As many memories as he can
What a writer or an artist creates
Is limited by his memory span

3

But thank goodness that our memories
Will fade out over time!
If our memories prevailed across births
Life would be a ghastly pantomime -

Being able to forget
Is such a gift to mankind -
Every child must learn the alphabets
After a complete unwind

4

If we pile memories on top of memories
They will simply clutter up our inside
We must throw things away once in a while,
Failures, victories, our pains, our pride -

Take a leaf out of the book
Of a tree that sheds in the winter -
Remember the smile of Gommata,
Shed and stand lighter

Submitted: Sunday, December 29, 2013
Edited: Monday, December 30, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Trnaslator's Note: Gommata refers to Gommateshwara, or Bahubali, whose naked sculpture stands tall on the top of the hill in Sravanabelagola. Bahubali was the younger brother of Bharateshwara, but challenged his elder brother in a race to the throne. He defeated Bharata in three duels and this made him the lawful successor; but he could not forgive himself for the anguish he had caused to his brother. He decided to renounce everything that was worldly, including his clothing, and took up penance.

Comments about this poem (Beyond Memories by Ravikumar C.P. )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

Poem of the Day

poet Robert William Service

Just Home and Love! the words are small
Four little letters unto each;
And yet you will not find in all
The wide and gracious range of speech
Two more so tenderly complete:
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Paul Muldoon

 

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  3. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  4. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  5. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
  7. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  8. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  9. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  10. As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]