Voices of Love and Humanism in Pushpalatha Ramakrishnan’s Soulful Verse / By: Manab Manik

Voices of Love and Humanism in Pushpalatha Ramakrishnan’s Soulful Verse
 
Voices of love, humanism and fraternity, with spiritual thread are recurrent in professor-poet Pushpalatha Ramakrishnan’s poems. She through her verse attempts at bringing harmony among all. The opening simile throws light on the entire poem. In the forms of appeals or advices she spreads the immortal qualities like confidence, goodness, kindness, compassion, love and requests all to own them. The poet ascertains that the possession of all the above virtues will purify rigid natures and crooked minds. Love, ofcourse universal force, brings harmony not only in the house but also in the whole universe. Love she spreads knows no barrier, no caste, no religion, no politics. Indeed, humanity is her religion that should be embraced by all to make this world a Garden of Eden where there will be love, peace, harmony and fraternity that may give birth to post-humanism. “Basudhaiba kutumbakam” (the whole world is our relative) is possible through love and kindness to all. The poem also captures the quintessence of prayer of St. Francis of Assissi, Tagore’s ‘Song Offerings’ and so many poets and religious books. The poet does not hate darkness, rather she appeals all to work in togetherness to light the candles of love. Indeed, it’s better to light the smallest candles than curse the darkness. The poem begins with simile but almost in the end there is metaphor and she tries her utmost to restore the world, spiritually blind, from chaos to cosmos, from disharmony to harmony. The poem is itself a fragrant rose the petals of which are the eternal virtues expanding and spreading and bringing harmony, unity, friendship, hermandad, brotherhood. Let such poetic rose bloom and spread fragrance throughout the world.
 
 
“Be like a pillar of confidence
‌To build a citadel
‌Where nothing but goodness alone
‌Will be the stock to enrich all
‌See yourself to be
‌The replica of kindness
‌To grace all with your presence
‌Compassion alone is
‌The need of the hour
‌For all are confined within the study
‌Never have time to think about the
Near and far in life
So rigid is our nature
So crooked is our minds
 
Love is the universal force
To bind us all altogether
Learn to love without expectaion
Learn to adjust with others
To break the barriers
Be it on the basis of caste,
Be it on the basis of religion
Be it on the basis of politics
To attain unity
This kind of attitude is to
Lift us up in the ladder of life
To attain a common sense of brotherhood among all
Let us all join together
 
Hand in hand
To ring the bell,
To lit the lamps
To drive out darkness
From our minds
On this gracious planet
Here to live is to nurture
Relationship well.”
 
 
Manab Manik
 
Manab Manik is a bilingual poet and short story writer and reviewer whose poems and stories have been published in India, Australia, Canada, USA, Belgium both online and print. His poetry books ‘Dreams Shattered and Other Poems’ and ‘My Poetic Offering’ published in 2019 have got great critical responses in India and beyond. His stories like Wilde’s and Tagore’s draw tears of the readers. Recently Manab is teaching English literature at Mugbasan Hakkania High School about 70 miles away from Kolkata in India.

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