Palakkaad 1-The Palakkaadan Breeze Poem by Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

Palakkaad 1-The Palakkaadan Breeze

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As I stood in the courtyard
Of my ancestral house in Palakkad;
A sweet-scented breeze blew,
On my face, touching, caressing my whole being
With an undefinable coolness, and
With an uninhibited, loving embrace.

A pleasant feeling enveloped me. Ah!
It was my native Palakkaadan breeze!
So cool, refreshing and rejuvenating!
I recognized this loving breeze
As my old childhood friend. So wonderful!
I had re-united with the Palakkadan breeze after many years!

The Palakkaadan breeze had much to talk.
I was overjoyed and thrilled
To enter into a conversation
With this fragrant breezy presence.
The breeze gently whispered into my ears,
With a voice, so sweet and clear!

I heard the voice of my beloved parents,
My generous grandfather who shared
His wealth, goodness with the entire village,
My pretty grandmother who told me many stories,
My royal ancestors whose prayers protected me,
Each moment, every step that I took in my life.

As I was enveloped by the cool breeze again,
All my royal ancestors appeared in front of me.
They reminded me of my origin, my roots,
My native soil, my fragrant, familiar mud
'Come back! Come back ' They whistled.
I must return home to my Palakkaadan breeze!

Palakkaad 1-The Palakkaadan Breeze
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Topic(s) of this poem: land,mother land,roots,ancestors,wind,nature
This picture with the peacock taking her evening walk along the compound wall of our house was clicked by my daughter Radhika. The peacock was not bothered that i stood there.I spent my vacation in Kerala, my native land, in my ancestral home in Palakkaad during December 2022 and early January 20223. I have a special affinity for the place and the breeze that is so unique. I remembered my parents and grandparents. It was a trip full of nostalgia and happy memories of my childhood in Kerala. Back in Poem Hunter after three weeks, I hope to continue with my series on Vincent Van Gogh and other poems. Once again, I would like to wish all my PH friends, a wonderful, healthy, happy and friendly year ahead. With warmest regards to all of you. Stay blessed.
Anil Kumar Panda 12 January 2023

A joy to read. Just back from a visit to Kerala I can understand your happiness. A beautiful state indeed. Thanks for sharing such a nice poem. Stay blessed always.

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 13 January 2023

A beautiful, touching and heartwarming poem. Reuniting with your native land brings a lot of great memories that shaped you as a great woman with a kind heart.

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 13 January 2023

This wonderful poem could resonate to anyone who had wonderful memories of their childhood. Liked how you have woven this poem, Dr. Geeta. It expresses in beautiful and brilliant detail the beauty of your native land.

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Bri Edwards 18 January 2023

I agree with Rajnish, that the 'photo' looks like a painting, a nice painting. It really looks more like a painting (to me) than a photo.

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Kim Barney 18 January 2023

Naw... it's a photo. for sure, but so nice it's almost like a painting!

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Indira Renganathan 05 October 2023

Nostalgic feelings can not be easily expressed in is too emotional as the thoughts of nostalgia live and spring from our soul...beautiful poem with a tribute to your parents and others...liked very much Geeta

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Sylvia Frances Chan 21 February 2023

I have numbered my comments, totally FIVE responses. Where have they gone, dear Editor. This beautiful poem goes to My Favourites.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 21 February 2023

Dear EDitor, where is the rest of my responses for Dr. Geet's Member Poem Of The Dy? They are not complete here

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Richard Wlodarski 20 February 2023

2) My Heartfelt Congratulations on POD! So Greatly Deserved, my friend!

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Richard Wlodarski 20 February 2023

Geeta, I can't express enough the joy that I feel experiencing a different culture. You are the poetess extraordinaire in conveying the beauty of another country.

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