Ravi Panamanna

Bronze Star - 2,270 Points (21/09/1956 / Ottapalam- Kerala State- India)

A Ticket From The Heavens - Poem by Ravi Panamanna

(The life of Padmashree K.J. Yesudas, the renowned Malayalam film singer of India is something phenomenal. It is part of history. He had a very humble beginning. The following poem relates to one of his early episodes. When he was called for a recording in Chennai during his early career in the 1960s, he hadn’t the amount to meet the ticket fare from Cochin to Chennai and a man from heavens helped him with a ticket. Here I am trying to catch the spirit of that episode.)

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The whistle is blown
The flag is finally flown.
And from the shores of yore
Begins a journey unto the hearts of generations.

Listening to the clatter of wheels,
Feeling for the distant lash of waves,
He cuddles up into a corner
Gathering within all the singing dales.

And the train picks up winds,
It is now catching up the clouds.
Out of the window he glances
And feels life as an endless dream.

Wheels play a rhythm
Hamlets whistle a song.
He hums unto the rising star
A tune deep out of his heart.

And he finally reaches the shores,
Meets the winds and waves at bay.
It was the beginning of an endless cascade-
A singer unto decades and beyond.

Behind and beyond the plains
Lay a thought of indebtedness,
A tale of sixteen rupees
A ticket from the heavens
A friend as large as the sky.

And reclining on his past
He now peeps unto his modest beginning.
The whistle is blown
The flag is finally flown.....

Before and beyond the winding tracks
Lay a throbbing heart,
A dream of soothing winds,
A song for all ‘morrows,
A dawn for all dawns.
But that ticket from the heavens-
It goes beond all richness, pastures and melodies.


Comments about A Ticket From The Heavens by Ravi Panamanna

  • Denis Mair (8/21/2016 4:21:00 PM)


    In ELEGY IN A COUNTRY CHURCHYARD, Thomas Gray regrets that a man of talent was buried in obscurity. This TICKET FROM THE HEAVENS shows how a man's talents unfolded and touched many hearts. Both poems are admirable expressions of the Romantic spirit. (Report) Reply

    Ravi A Ravi A (8/21/2016 10:23:00 PM)

    You have rightly absorbed the poem. Thank you for your inspiring comments.

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  • Denis Mair (8/21/2016 3:30:00 PM)


    Thank you for following a breath of soul-music as it stirred in dales, joined with the train's momentum, and cascaded into an era of phonograph and radio waves. That soul-music was able to board the train because momentum was never foreign to it. Perhaps a kindly stranger, looking into a needy traveler's eyes, realized this soul deserved to be helped on its way. Strangely enough, reading this prompts my own memories: I remember the eyes of a so-called beggar in a certain city in Kerala. She too had soul-music in her eyes. This poem reminds me that I missed a chance to be heaven's emissary. (Report) Reply

    Ravi A Ravi A (8/21/2016 10:31:00 PM)

    I am moved by the fact that this poem could stir your memories. Thank you for your nice evaluation of the poem. Very impressive and thought provoking. I remain.

  • Pamela Sinicrope (8/21/2016 1:43:00 PM)


    Well written tribute. I enjoy your writing style. Lots of music, rhythm, and flow. Thanks for sharing and congratulations. (Report) Reply

    Ravi A Ravi A (8/21/2016 10:32:00 PM)

    I am very much moved by your remarks. Thank you.

  • Clarence Prince (8/21/2016 7:54:00 AM)


    The heavenly ticket, it's an eternal blessing,
    it's second to none!
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/21/2016 12:42:00 AM)


    The flag is finally flown! ! Nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

  • (10/4/2009 9:02:00 AM)


    A heart-warming poem, crafted meticulously and narrated wonderfully. (Report) Reply

  • (9/30/2009 3:21:00 AM)


    A touching story, beautifully narrated and crafted. (Report) Reply

  • (9/29/2009 8:28:00 PM)


    Dear this is a wonderful poetic narration woven with excellent metaphors.............10+++ (Report) Reply

  • (9/29/2009 10:09:00 AM)


    wonderful narrative poem, excellent metaphors well embedded, a very touching story of life, thank you for sharing.........10++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Meggie Gultiano (9/29/2009 8:46:00 AM)


    beautiful! ! ! .A very touching write. (Report) Reply

  • (9/29/2009 7:03:00 AM)


    This is really a touching tale with good use of imagery to capture it. It is wonderful. (Report) Reply

  • (9/29/2009 2:52:00 AM)


    You have certainly captured the spirit of the episode and it is a story that I have not heard, so thank you for sharing it. The writing is picturesque and very beautiful. Like Lady Grace shows by writing out the last stanza, it is a perfect conclusion for a wonderful poem. 10 love Karin (Report) Reply

  • (9/29/2009 12:01:00 AM)


    'Before and beyond the winding tracks
    Lay a throbbing heart,
    A dream of soothing winds,
    A song for all ‘morrows,
    A dawn for all dawns.
    But that ticket from the heavens-
    It goes beond all richness, pastures and melodies. ''.............perfectly done..i like it...
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  • (9/28/2009 11:15:00 PM)


    ery nice story telling Ravi. (Report) Reply

  • (9/28/2009 9:38:00 PM)


    a timely help by a friend has brought us this lovely voice....his 'hymns from rigveda' enchants me for the last 20 yrs...a great voice from a humble beginning....10 (Report) Reply

  • (9/28/2009 8:06:00 PM)


    a wonderful experience in history, eautifuly penned. really a great job.
    voted10
    surya
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  • (9/28/2009 6:55:00 PM)


    beautiful.... i felt his exhilaration on that train that was to bring him to his destined place..... in the hearts of millions of people.... (Report) Reply

  • (9/28/2009 3:20:00 PM)


    a very well written poem....destiny.... thanks for sharing.... (Report) Reply

  • (9/28/2009 2:53:00 PM)


    Funny, how a small act of fate, can open a door of life. (Report) Reply

  • (9/28/2009 1:15:00 PM)


    i have heard of him excelent poem 10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 31, 2009

Poem Edited: Monday, August 30, 2010


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