Mallika Achuthan Menon


Memories - Poem by Mallika Achuthan Menon

Tinkling laughter echoed there
Dripping teardrops glittered there
Our memory lane got cluttered thus
With entangling glee and glumness both.

Golden memories, the winsome ones
acting like an exact doorway
Which is always leading us to
the dazzling courtyard of paradise.
They impart immense inward calmness
when got immersed ourselves in their depth.
They can infuse inmost feelings
Within seconds and what not!

Long and short ripples they made
in the tranquil mind of mine frequently.
Whenever I melted in them
They felt sweeter than necter.
My bygone childhood day's beauty
There I reviewed once again.
A wonderful nostalgic feeling
Like a sweet smelling fragrance
Overwhelmed me then and there.
The keepsake of my early age
Promptly brought me vast happiness


My memory screen at times displayed
Black and white photos of
Sorrow, loss, pain and guilt
They were dull as well as obscure
none looked pretty or anew
Turn by turn they walked infront of me
With an eerie smile and mocking faces.
One after one I looked keenly
Though I hated them evenly
To get rid of myself from those sight
I closed my memory screen in haste
And put one shutter abruptly and
escaped from them for a while..

To touch the last and final point
Life was leaping like a runner
By crossing so many ups and downs
without making sign of hindrance.
Will win or lose no one knows
The end of game left in dark.
These inseparable fellowmates
Our own good and bad memories
Thrived in our mind countlessly.
At times they looked like a boon
But they could turn as a curse also!
Who they are..friends or foes?
I could not determine it yet!
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Topic(s) of this poem: memoirs


Comments about Memories by Mallika Achuthan Menon

  • (9/9/2016 9:32:00 AM)


    Hi Ms Menon,
    Sorry for addressing you thus.

    This poem of yours, I loved reading. Immensely emotional poem.

    they could turn as a curse also!
    Who they are..friends or foes?
    I could not determine it yet!

    Beautiful lines. As Tagore wrote, That words have meaning is just the difficulty. That is why poet has to twist and turn them in meter and verse so that meaning is contained to some extent and emotions are allowed a free flow. Your lines carry the emotions forward, so that words tend to vanish. This is the real poetry indicated by Tagore. Good.10.

    I have poem by name Ormmakall. This one appears in my book of poems named, Ozhinja Kootukal, published by Green books, Thrissur. The book is available on Amazon too. I invite you to read the poem. I have to admit that it has a different take on the memories.
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  • Dr.tony Brahmin (9/8/2015 2:28:00 AM)


    With entangling glee and glumness both.
    leading us to
    the dazzling courtyard of paradise.Long and short ripples they made
    in the tranquil mind of mine frequently.I closed my memory screen in haste
    And put one shutter abruptly and
    escaped from them for a while..
    Will win or lose no one knows
    The end of game left in dark.
    i just tried to write down your own words from your poem which struck me as i read it. it is always pleasant to read you Mallika. They are truths of life that come from your heart. love it very much. tony
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  • Akachukwu Lekwauwa (6/5/2015 5:46:00 AM)


    memory serves as an archive for the past, from there we can savor both sweet and sour past. superb one! please do review my poems (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (6/5/2015 5:24:00 AM)


    It seems you see events of life very closely.Life is made of many ups and downs and sweet and bitter memories.Liked the way you inked it.Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (4/18/2015 10:41:00 AM)


    Can appreciate the poet's dilemma - whether memories are a boon or curse. Well written. (Report) Reply

  • (4/8/2015 10:36:00 AM)


    A pathway she selected for a walking through the past memories made this poem so interesting. A clear introspection of sweet memories, the sad ones and what require for a human is to maintain the equanimity to both good or bad and sweet or sore which might the results. (Report) Reply

  • (4/8/2015 10:35:00 AM)


    A pathway she selected for a walking through the past memories made this poem so interesting. A clear introspection of sweet memories, the sad ones and what require for a human is to maintain the equanimity to both good or bad and sweet or sore which might the results of memories getting back in mind. By every line as I enjoyed this poem and likes it. (Report) Reply

  • Chinedu Dike (4/8/2015 3:56:00 AM)


    A journey down memory lane is always a mixture of nostalgia and resentment. It's a lovely narrative poem, well articulated and nicely penned. Thanks for sharing and remain blessed. (Report) Reply

  • Jaishree Nair (4/8/2015 3:50:00 AM)


    Beautifully penned.Though good memories often help us to lift our mood ,we have to deal with the bad ones too.enjoyed and thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (3/29/2015 12:15:00 AM)


    Your poem about memories illustrates what we have been saying about our e-book, that is, it show our similarities as people and poets despite living in seven different corners of the planet. I pictured my own experiences with each line of your poem, in particular your theme that good and bad memories crowd together and we cannot pick and choose them; we can't have just good ones - human life is a mingling of the dark and light (that's a quote from one of Abby's writings!) . Often memory poems favor the good memories and ignore the bad, or a memory poem gets tangled only with the bad stuff. You, however, have given us a complete and honest view of both memories, and the ending of the poem is very dramatic. I had a very sheltered and happy childhood, and I can hardly remember anything, but when adolescence hit with full force - that I remember! I'm not sure I want to go back there. What do you think of adolescence? ? (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (3/19/2015 12:30:00 PM)


    A poignant, introspective on a subject that fascinates...and bemuses us all. (Report) Reply

    Mallika Achuthan Menon Mallika Achuthan Menon (3/21/2015 12:28:00 AM)

    Thanks for your comment...For me it is an encouragement indeed, to pursue the art of wrting poems.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 19, 2015



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