The i-poems began as a technical application. They were made for the Apple i-phone applications and that is why the name i-poems. The i-poems became a literary endeavour in the creation of a new genre in poetry; a genre of very short poems. It is through the Indian Commentator that the i-poems took a shift in their implications as a literary genre. I crossed with i-poems in the literary magazine, The Narrative.
The i-poems appeared for the first time in this blog as a series titled "Eyes". The series of eleven poems received wide appreciation from my readers. Let me note my infinite gratitude for all my readers here. The series of eleven poems had a common theme: love. The concept of love was revealed through the common metaphor of 'eyes'. Each of the poems had the same title too. It was that common element that prompted me to name the whole series as "Eyes".
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It is a wisdom that no one can write and communicate what love is. One can only write or talk about it. That exactly was what I too did. I talked about love; true love, and how it is felt, in my own naive way. The series discussed the uncertainties and pleasures related with love.
Out of the many phases of love, the quest for salvation is another phase. And tears are the sign of that quest. 'Tear' is the metaphor that represents that phase of love, which lies along with loneliness, desperation, hopelessness, with the transformations of love, with the moon that reminds of the darkness, and with the sun that kisses and withers the last flower of the single rose in our garden. From this thought, I decided to start a new series of i-poems connected with a common theme, but different titles for each one of them, this time. But what aesthetic pleasure, artistic salvation and happiness can we derive from the descriptions of such an edgy event? I do not know. But I can tell you one thing; there is a certain ease, a joy that we feel after shedding tears; whatever the situation be.
Ordinary life perceives tears close to two events: extreme joy and extreme sorrow. As the theme here is tears in love, let us dissect tears and study what it signifies in love. Tears make smiles meaningful. Tears are a landmark where sorrow begins. 'Tears', though are the metaphor of sorrow, are never sad. They are the land-markers. Sorrow ends with tears. Tears give way to a vast and deep detachment, a consolation and a peaceful smile. The smile that tears bring is the kind of smile that is unearthly and detached, but still rooted in life: a salvation. The consolation the tears bring, is the intention of these poems too. The salvation a drop of tear could bring, is what a whole year of happiness might not achieve. Each poem is a drop of tear shed in love. And each drop was shed in the hope of the salvation, tears only could bring.
Tears in love, though make us believe sorrow exists, they lie. Sorrow is regret. But in true love, no one regrets. Therefore, each tear drop is a celebration of the moments spent together and the dreams that await fulfillment. Every drop of tear in love holds the extraordinary power to show you the path to your inner voices and your memories. It is not for the sorrow, the tears flow, but for the salvation in love. Though people may lose each other, love remains.
I hereby announce the title for the new series of i-poems: "Tears".
see feel them from the next post onwards.