Beauty of Melancholy

Echoes of our own grief,
Return to rob us of glee like a thief,
An impersonal take on suffering,
Typhoons of violence wiped out life’s spring

A noble specie of sadness prevails,
As boats of lives sank before setting sails,
Filled with pity for deplorable conditions,
No gloom that came from failed ambitions.

An ascethetic emotion not just depression,
Even if fictional characters meet oppression,
In literary world, it is more alluring trait,
There gloomy characters shine bright.

A moment defined by “happi-sadness”,
Beauty of wilting flower in loneliness,
Watching the world as aloof spectator,
Distancing ourselves in cosmic theater,

The outcome of it is Monalisa’s wry smile,
Think about the beauty of it for a while,
See Mary Magdalene holding head in arm,
It is melancholy that adds more charm.

(C) K. Radhakrishnan

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Poet K.Radhakrishnan lives in Bhopal city, India. Born on 4th November 1955. He is an underwriter by profession and worked as a senior level executive in NEWINDIA ASSURANCE, India's largest General Insurance Company till his retirement. He is engaged in consultant activities and insurance education. He has co-authored three insurance text books for NATIONAL COUNCIL OF EDUCATION, TRAINING AND RESEARCH(NCERT), INDIA. He has a passion for writing poetry which he pursued after retirement from his job. His first poetry book REFLECTION OF SOUL was published by LULU PRESS and is selling in Amazon and Barnes& Nobles His second book ERUPTION OF BOTTLED UP EMOTINS is under publication.

2 thoughts on “Beauty of Melancholy

  1. Amita Paul

    The poet reiterates the thesis of Keats in his Ode on Melancholy :
    “ Ay, in the very temple of Delight
    Veil’d Melancholy has her sovran shrine,
    Though seen of none save him whose strenuous tongue
    Can burst Joy’s grape against his palate fine;
    His soul shalt taste the sadness of her might,
    And be among her cloudy trophies hung”

    Melancholy can indeed be aesthetically pleasing , as Milton , too , reminded us in ‘ Il Penseroso ‘.


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