Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Say the Names

Mayavati, Advaita Ashram source

As I utter Jaisalmer

I find

A little girl

Springing from my heart

Running with deer feet on the golden sand

Towards a gorgeously decorated camel

To take her to the medieval golden fort,

Sonar Kella* 

Alas! It’s only a dream.

When I say Mayavati

I find

A woman

Stepping out from my heart

Slowly trekking the snowy Himalayan path

Towards a monastery nestled in the lofty height

Beckoning her with a smile of renunciation

Advaita Ashram**

Alas! It’s only a dream.


I say the names

I listen to myself

I dream

They’ve become my soul

I’ll see them one day

I say the names

Till the heart stops beating

Fort at Jaisalmer source


 *A book written by Satyajit Ray, the noted Indian film director. The book, meaning, Golden Fort is a detective story based in Jaisalmer, a place in Rajasthan, the largest state of India. It was also made into a film by Ray. We as kids simply adored the book and also the film.


**It is a monastery of the Ramakrishna Order.


In both the places I could not go in spite of all the arrangements.


Posted for Sherry’s Midweek Motif ~ Saying the Names With Love @ PoetsUnited & I used a few lines from Al Purdy’s poem “Say the Names”


  1. I think oftentimes yearnings are expressed in dreams, and this poem feels to me like a poem of such yearning. Beautiful pictures of these two places, Sumana. Interesting that Jaisalmer has snow. In my mind I really never picture India with snow....or cold!

    1. Mayavati has snow but not Jaisalmer, though in winter it's very cold there.

  2. Dreams are often termed as a person's inner desires.. this poem has a feeling of such sweet longing.. such heartfelt lines :D

    Lots of love,

  3. Deep within us memories sometimes clear sometimes just a feeling that we are connected with a place, a river or mountain and we know that is a part of us forever. Beautiful writing Sumana.

  4. yes we must keep those important names alive and in living memory..

  5. Sumana, your poem is especially gorgeous this morning. What a delight, the little girl on her deer feet, and then the woman in the snowy Himalayas. My heart slowed as I read, imbued in the utter peace and beauty of the place names. Sigh. I so loved this poem!

  6. Sonar Kella brings a bunch of memories. What a movie! It was a delight to see how you mentioned it while talking about Jaisalmer.
    A beautiful poem, Sumana. Loved the way you have weaved this poem with the names of the places you love :)

  7. Aw. I guess some things are meant to remain dreams and turn into beautiful poems. What lovely places. But, who knows, you might still go one day Sumana.

  8. this is lovely Sumana, almost most mythical in mood

    much love...

  9. Lovely piece.

    Thanks for visiting.

  10. Ahhh, yes -an avid reader and dreamer has lived a thousand lives or more and has an imagination that is far more well travelled than any body ever could be! Just lovely x

  11. Would love to read that book!

  12. Yes the places we love but cannot go to are always special.

  13. "Sonar Kella" is one of the all-time best sellers. I have seen the film innumerable times and what fascinated me is how Ray changed the whole structure of the book while making this film. :)
    I love Jaisalmer ....and have been to that place about three four years back.
    Mayavati robbed my heart, Sumana. Lovely lovely piece of writing.... :)

  14. I love that picture! It alone is so evocative, mainly because it seems so welcoming in such a cold space. Nicely done.

  15. I really enjoy the way that you've employed the effect of the echo with repetition and the idea of running on deer feet was such a thrill...a really beautiful poem!!

  16. A beautiful post ..."They’ve become my soul". Lovely and evocative.

  17. Beautiful poem, Sumana. Your evocations of striking images from the wonderful names of your land certainly makes yearn to visit those places...


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