Feelings and emotions expressed without any boundaries : Poetry in the Park
Poetry comes into being when an emotion finds thought and the thought finds words. Writing poetry is one of the best ways to articulate one’s feelings and emotions irrespective of its nature be it joy or sorrow. It becomes much more exciting and pleasing for the poet if there are people around who give a thoughtful ear to listen to his/her beautiful piece of writing! To find such considerate, like-minded individuals together at one place do join ‘Poetry in the Park’. It is the ideal jamboree to share poems because here everyone listens to every poem with an open mind and appreciates the creative writing.
Poetry in the Park is held at Cubbon Park, one Saturday every month, 4 pm to 6 pm. Poems in all forms and languages get a warm welcome here. It is an initiative of Lyn Coutto, lady with a beautiful smile and impressive personality. The first gathering of the year 2017 was organized on Saturday, 28th January. Poetry enthusiasts of all age groups graced the event and filled it with immense warmth and delight. It started with poem exchange, some recited their own word formations, few narrated the work of renowned poets, whilst the rest said they were present to listen, admire and take back the drive, to return back the next session with their poems. It was then followed by a very interesting session on Haiku poems lead by Agni Barathi and Vaidehi Sriram.
Sitting in a circle under the open sky and tranquil surroundings crafted the perfect mood for the conversations through poetry. Chirping of birds and gentle breeze further enhanced the equanimity of the hour. Varied human feelings such as love, fear, sadness, serenity, hope and affection were woven brilliantly using a wide array of words. Originality in thoughts and catchy titles like Cocoon into my Love, Gentleman and Forest kept the interest of the listeners intact all through the evening. A poem in Tamil language was also received with kindness, which was later translated in English. Recitation of ‘Mocking Bird’ by Mary Oliver and ‘Variations on Love’ by Margaret Atwood was the treat during the poetry chat. By listening to the poems of one another, the reserves withdrew amongst us and kindled the interest to discuss Haiku poems. Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry wrapped in just 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme. Haiku poems were introduced to the gathering in simple words by Agni and Vaidehi. The couple shared a good collection of poems with all of us. They read one piece at a time and it was later discussed by everyone to put across their interpretation. It was incredible to get so many elucidations of the same three lines.Most respected Rabindranath Tagore was also quoted in between the construal. The exchange of thoughts became vibrant that it was trailed by another new session on Haiga poems.
Haiga is a Japanese concept for simple pictures combined with poetry. It was opened by Raju. Haiga poems were more intricate as it merges words and pictures. It gave more space to comprehend the views and beliefs on different aspects of life. It all closed very well.January 2017 gathering of Poetry in the Park received new faces at 3.30 pm but at the end of two and half hours everyone seemed to be in sync with one another looking forward for the next gathering in February. The entire feel of the place was affirmative and cheerful with conversation brought through poetry.