Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon


Place 1 - An Ode To Paris - Poem by Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

Paris! O Paris!
Paradise of grand monuments!
Prized wonder -The Eiffel tower,
Patrons of art and artistes,
Pavilions of patisserie
Perennial city of joy!

Paintings that cast a spell at the Louvre,
Paintings that make an impression at Musee d Orsay,
Paintings that spell magic of Monet, Manet and Degas,
Paintings that stir your emotion like the
Picture perfect of Vincent van Gogh -A
Penchant for the Impressionists!

Beckoning Bridges along the Seine River,
Bridge Royal built by Sun King Louis XIV,
Bridge Concorde made with stones of Bastille,
Bridge Alexandre III - a Franco-Russian alliance,
Bridge Alma with the popular sculpture of ‘le zouave'
Bridge Corrousel leading towards the Tuilerie gardens!

A walk in the Tuilerie garden,
A gleeful glide amongst the picturesque greens,
Along the majestic speaking trees,
A profusion of colourful blooms,
A park that projects elegance
A serene garden of love and loveliness!

Terrible! Horrible!
Terrorism striking with its ugly jaws
Tearing apart a nation that symbolized style
Tentacles spreading their venomous stings
Tears flowing into an ocean of sorrow
Tender hearts breaking into thousand pieces!

Why did the seed of terrorism get sown?
Why should the innocent citizens die?
Why should a charming city be torn to pieces?
Why this barbaric act of blood shed?
Why? Cannot man live in peace?
Why? Cannot humans love each other?

Topic(s) of this poem: country, places


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I have been fortunate to visit France four times. The first three times, i toured France as a professional artiste, to perform Mohiniattam dance in 1987,1989,1991. The response to Indian dance, music and culture was amazing.
In 2011, once again, i visited Paris with my daughter Radhika, and spent a week visiting various places. We stayed with a wonderful French family and it turned out to be the most memorable and enthralling trip ever. Paris, i consider, to be the most romantic destination of this world.
I am, indeed, shocked and saddened that a city of such elegance and beauty is brutally ripped apart by despicable acts of violence, wherein unsuspecting, innocent lives have been lost. My heart goes out to the families who have lost their loved ones.
Here is a poem as a tribute - ‘An ode to Paris'

Comments about Place 1 - An Ode To Paris by Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

  • Marie Shine (10/2/2016 6:53:00 AM)

    An Ode To Paris
    Like a true artist with words you have painted a wonderful picture of Paris for your reader to enjoy, flecked with the great sadness that has inflicted itself on this beautiful city through terrorism. So many innocent lives lost, a cloud of sadness and grief hangs over the city. The city, the culture, the life of Paris has to be experienced in order to fully understand how vibrant 'The City of Lovers' is. You depict so artistically the history of the city and the terrible tragedy which has now befallen it. A sterling write! Thank you for sharing, dear Geeta. Blessings always... (Report) Reply

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  • Amitava Sur (12/20/2015 10:20:00 AM)


    A lovely portrait you drawn of adorable Paris, the center point of art and culture., which was brutally attacked and panicked by some headless people and put the humanity in stake.

    I find you wrote this poem on 17.11.2015, I wrote on the same aspect 2 days earlier to you ie, on 15.11 2015. Read my poem in the name O' Paris, the city of love
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  • Ayman Parray (11/25/2015 1:33:00 PM)


    A wonderful, thought provoking poem, Geeta. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (11/17/2015 11:39:00 AM)


    You have beautifully described Paris, the most romantic destination of this world, based on your own experience. This is ironical that terrorists have targeted France thus 'Tearing apart a nation that symbolized style.' Please accept my sincere thanks for this first hand account of what Paris and France stand for and for the emotional portrayal in the aftermath of the recent carnage. A few lines I would like to quote as under:
    Paradise of grand monuments! / Perennial city of joy! / Terrible! Horrible! / Terrorism striking with its ugly jaws
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  • Kelly Kurt (11/17/2015 11:14:00 AM)


    A wonderful poem and helpful notes. Thank you, Geeta (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Poem Edited: Monday, June 20, 2016


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