SEshEndra kavita - III of 3

Ramarao, Ram (Ram_Ramarao@tri.sbc.com)
Thu, 30 Oct 1997 12:33:11 -0600


"idugO! AkASam savAlugA /
manishi mIda enDanu visiri vEstE /
manishi bamtigA eguragoTTADu /
sUryuDni AkASamlOki"

"nAgali / BujAna vEsukuni /
vastunnADu sUryuDu / konDa SiKarAlekki"

"BUmilO unna / cinnAri ginja /
meDa bayaTapeTTi /
modaTa vaccina renDAkulni /
cEtulugA jOdimcindi / krtagnatatO" - beautiful imagery!

"kAgitAla paDavallO / kalalu prayANAlu cEstunnay / ..

vangi pOtunna dESAniki ningi ettu vennemuka /
nirmimcE pamDugalO pAlgomtunnAy"

Building a sky-high backbone to the nation is a nice expression. But,
saying that it is a dream travelling in a paper boat kills the whole
point! It is cruel; totally unbecoming of an optimist.

"nAgali ani nI pErE gAnI /
nakshatrAla Basha viDici /
AkASam nimci BUgOLam mIdiki rAlina /
oka mamDE aksharAnivi"

"dESam kanna kalalEmO /
konni kAgitAla guhallO sanyAsam puccukunnAyi /
konni sirAlO dUki prANatyAgam cESAyi"

It's not clear to me what he means by the last line. Is it that some
dreams got on paper and went into samadhi there while others died in the
ink itself?

His other works worth mentioning are "nA dESam - nA prajalu" and
"gorillA". All three appeared in the same decade and are very similar in
their expression. GorillA is written in a prose form but essentially
says the same thing. My view is that during that period, he was
experimenting with the language and expressions to say the things he was
trying to say and was in a "eureka" mood having found that his subject
is farmer and his expressions involve the sun as the prominent symbol of
human spirit and worker's hand.


K.V.S. Ramarao