trying to classify

your memories,

format them

in precisely labeled

folders and files…

their enormity defies

my attempt

some would erase them

but I have saved

each unformatted cluster

pleasant, unpleasant,

cold, warm, hazy,

passionate, fervent, indelible

in the mind’s data bank


at strange moments


s   p   i   l   l





28 responses »

  1. jsbroca says:

    Dear Shernaz a beautiful piece of poem that set me thinking too.Here is what came to my mind:Like the wind crying endlessly through the universe, Time carries away the names and the deeds of conquerors and commoners alike. And all that we are, all that remains, is in the memories of those who cared we came this way for a brief moment.Like an old photograph,Time can make a feeling fade,But the memory of a first love,Never fades away.When you live with another person for 50 years, all of your memories are invested in that person, like a bank account of shared memories. It’s not that you refer to them constantly. In fact, for people who do not live in the past, you almost never say, “Do you remember that night we…?” But you don’t have to. That is the best of all. You know that the other person does remember. Thus, the past is part of the present as long as the other person lives. It is better than any scrapbook, because you are both living scrapbooks.Kudos !

  2. Sneha says:

    Oh, I’m so glad you were able to find the poem online. Glad I checked this space again 🙂
    Keep writing…

  3. Sonal says:

    It happens. 🙂

  4. Shernaz says:

    Yesterday I posted two comments here. One a thank you note to Sonal and the second to Sneha, telling her how much I enjoyed reading Jezuri online. Funny, both aren’t to be seen. Wonder what happened?

    Anyway, this is to convey my gratitude to both of you, Sonal and Sneha.

  5. Sonal says:

    How true! Very nicely expressed.

  6. Shernaz says:

    Am very grateful for your appreciation Vimala. It will go a long way in boosting my confidence. Thanks again.

  7. vimala madon says:

    lovely poem Shernaz, very well written. It encapsules so much in a few words.

  8. Shernaz says:

    Deepika and Saffiya, Thank you for your encouraging comments.

  9. Shernaz says:

    Thanks K2S. Perhaps you are too modest or hard on yourself. Care to share your scribbles?

    • knot2share says:

      :-)..You are being very kind here to me. If I can come up with something sizeable, will share it with you, as opposed to what my userid suggests – NOT 2 SHARE!!….

  10. knot2share says:

    Artistic S P I L L !

    I wish I could say that mine spill out as poems or even blogs. It is more a scribble. Enjoyed your interpretation.

  11. Sneha says:

    Well, the poem is Jezuri by Arun Kolatkar. It is fabulous.
    And yes, feedback from me will always be there.

  12. safiyyah says:

    Lovely wordsmithing on an almost ignored area of life….Regards

  13. deepika says:

    enjoyed your sweet little poem.

  14. Shernaz says:

    Sreelata, some memories are best not saved, don’t you agree? Thanks for reading and responding.

  15. Shernaz says:

    You are absolutely right Sneha. The placement of words and the way alphabets are arranged in them definitely enhances the visual effect of a poem. Unfortunately, certain sites and editors do not allow such effects. Originally I had written spill to read in a cascade, but that one word took up too much space so I settled for this. Obliged to you for your keen observation.

    Forgive my ignorance about the poem you have mentioned.

    Do continue reading my posts and giving your comments – that goes to all who read and write in this space. Thanks

  16. sreelata menon says:

    As vimala says absolutely true shernaz! Very evocative!

    I am not able to ‘save’ any of it much to my everlasting


  17. Sneha says:

    Your poems remind me of the postmodern technique of poets. The spi l l l, the decoration of the letters that is, reminds me of Arun Kolatkar’s poem on Jezuri, of one of the poems in which he uses the same for dramatic effect.
    Poetry needs a little overtone of emotions and the artistic weaving and arrangement of words ensure the same.
    Keep it up Shernaz.

  18. Shernaz says:

    Thanks A. Hari. My pleasure to be included in this group.

  19. A.Hari says:


    Really a good one. Thanks for sharing with us.


  20. Shernaz says:

    Glad you liked it Beyniaz.

  21. Beyniaz says:

    Sweet poem. Enjoyed reading it.

  22. Shernaz says:

    And they make interesting blogs Vimala.

    Thanks Shail and Indrani too for reading and enjoying the poem.

  23. Indrani Talukdar says:

    It’s a really lovely poem.

  24. Dear Shernaz,

    It is with great pleasure that I read your poem. Short and sweet.

    Nice Day

  25. vimala ramu says:

    How very true ! Only difference is my memories spill out as blogs !!

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