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Friday, June 11, 2010

Forlorn Love

I happened to read an article about an author J.D.Salinjer from a co-bloggers post (N.B.Suresh’s Kilithooval - As it’s in Malayalam, I’m trying to concise it in minimum words just for you to be able to understand the background of my post.

Jerome David Salinger, born in Manhattan , newyork on a new year day of1919, was very much interested in acting dramas, but his father’s opposition to become an actor led him to start writing short stories, undercover, during nights using a flashlight. Later in 1939 he even attended a writing class .During his college days at newyork university he used to write long daily letters to his first love- Oona O’neill, daughter of famous writer & Nobel prize winner Eugine O'neill, but she left salinger and married Charlie chaplin who was very much older to her, causing salinger to discontinue his studies and lead a strange life what we see till his end. His participation in 2nd world war made himself being admitted in a mental asylum after which he married a doctor, Silvia Welter who too left him in a short period. He started his writing career with short stories, that too very few, The first novel that he wrote THE CATCHER IN THE RYE,(known to be a manifesto for rebellious youth, chapman the assassin of famous musician john lenon had this book in his pocket while doing the crime, john hink who made an attempt to kill president regan too had a copy of this book in his room)This book which is still selling 2.5 lakh copies a year, was an instant success during the year 1951,the surprise is after the huge success of the book , he chose to stay away from limelight but stayed in limelight for the same reason. Hiding from the world he led a life of solitude during which he married 19 year old Claire Douglas in 1955 who lived with him till 1967,in 1972 Joyce Edinad an 18 year old who was already a celebrity after publishing "An eighteen year old looks back on life", started living with 53 yr old salinjer and left him after 10 months, both later claimed that salinjer led a saintly life and was in a private world of yoga & meditation inspired from Zen Buddhism & Hinduism, Joyce even went further declaring she was still a virgin when she left him and the relation broke when she requested for a child, later in a book “At home in the world”- her memories she says that Salinger wrote daily but they were never shown to anyone but kept safe within his room. It was in 1980 he married Colleen O’Neill after which he was literally living within the cocoon of solitude till he left us at the age of 91 on January 27th 2010.

In a rare interview of 1974 Salinger says: There is a marvelous peace in not publishing….I like to write…I love to write….but I write just for myself and my own pleasure…

Why he decided to love solitude, and why he dint want others to read his writings, or rather what was he writing all these years, all is still a mystery and something the world is anxiously waiting to know.

After knowing about salinger, my mind too started wandering, to reason out his chosen solitude. My imagination of a reason that also had a scope of an universal emotion relating to all mankind, was his first love, and his daily letters for Oona O’neill, those letters were actually the spark that would have made him realize he had the ability to write beautifully….maybe………… so here is my humble attempt.

You all are free to let me know, if I have done anything wrong by putting such a version to a well known writer’s life, it’s just my thoughts and it can always be excused right?

Forlorn love

Voyage to death
Nearing my breath
Yet my love’s depth
For you sails all girth.

Past, disappearing phase
Not another face in race,
Glimpse of your face
Each second I face.

The face that whispers
My heart’s daily verses,
Oh! My queen of universe,
Why you shed those curses.

My heart’s birth to words
To see your smiling world,
Raising you to dream world,
Nesting us, the two birds.

Within the love woven nest,
Feeling your breath on my chest,
I see your smile at its best,
Dreaming, a life full of zest.

A dream that went falling,
Hearing your wings fluttering,
Away and far you were flying,
Leaving a lonely soul waiting.

Waiting Endless, drowning dreams,
Landing deep, to words that stream,
Streaming words, once your cream,
The cream you treasured, now my dream

The dream of words that fly,
Above them, standing high
I carve to prove, I’m no dry,
Thus – “The catcher in the rye”.

As people held me high,
I searched for your eye,
Never seeing your sigh,
I cuddled into my rye.

With the gift you discovered
Weaving a cocoon of words
Within them I stay buried
Words- my only love world.

Each & every comment I receive is a true inspiration and an award for someone like me who started writing just because I started a blog, here I thank rohini & jingle for their kind appreciation shown towards me as awards. When remembering people who inspired in a special way, I cannot forget my consistent inspiration Jyotsna P Kadayaprath, Mr. A from - Simply speaking by "A"simple blogger- who shares what he cherishes, Sandhya from purpleheart , and last but not the least the blogger of the blog mullapoov whose comment was the first I ever received. Thank you all….. all those who have spared time to read what I write…. I value you all a lot


william said...

I really enjoyed this friend and no, everyone is entitled to post whatever they feel and I loved it :)

anupama said...
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Pavitra .... said...

Oh wow....A really wonderful post..!!
You write very well! Keep up the good work..! I'll be following! :)

˙·٠•●❤Sh@KiR@ ❤●•٠·˙ said...

what a remarkable tribute to a great writer!
it is hardest to translate. well done!
you did it so well.
I love your poem.
this is gentle with lots of love what a pleasure to read!
blessed be.

പട്ടേപ്പാടം റാംജി said...

nice work

ManzoorAluvila said...

Dear are very near to me after I was read your earlier post "Oh Dear Come Near.."
Now you made me your real follower of your blog...
You did a great work with wonderful arrangement of words
Great tribute to a wonderful writer and for his love

Great and keep going… Unni

With love
Manzoor Aluvila

Jingle said...

absolutely beautiful..
u r thoughtful and mindful!

Rebecca said...

Such an interesting post...all of it, I am glad you have found encouragement for your poetry. You do have a gift.

Being Pramoda... said...

Its celebration time.. nice post with nice description..;) and a good dedications at the end..:)

Watery Tart said...

I thought this was a very nice tribute--I love the history on Salinger. Someone once told me he wrote in the bathtub (which I do) so I feel some sense of kinship with the odd man.

I also agree, that writing those letters may have really awaken the writer... I know that is what awoke it in me.

Tara said...

Lovely post !! I loved it .. You are really blessed dear .. Keep going !

Neena Sharma said...

I call it creative licence. Good attempt!

A said...

Once again beautiful post. Very sincere,full of information and literary...I seriously like to read your post. :)

R. Ramesh said...

Thanks danke merci danyavad nanri shukran shukriya….

Neha said...

excellent write up RD..really enjoyed reading of the honest most posts I have read..and the verses - ah, the more I say, the less it is :)

take care :))

എന്‍.ബി.സുരേഷ് said...

you done it.

Anonymous said...

Well done!

Joy Palakkal said...

"There is a marvelous peace in not publishing….I like to write…I love to write….but I write just for myself and my own pleasure…"

An inspiring post!!
With All Best Regards..

jyo said...

good article-best wishes

Latha Nair said...

I took a quick look at your blog today-interesting posts.
I really liked this post on Salinger. He is truly an eccentric genius I guess-a one-book wonder. There are others like Harper Lee whose only work has earned them a place among the literary giants. I fervently hope Arundhati Roy doesn't go that way!

Rachna said...

Very nice story!

Marinela Reka said...

Beautiful write up, I enjoyed it :)
Short Poems

A said...

I have an award waiting for you at my site.

jayarajmurukkumpuzha said...

realy wonderful.......... congrats.......

R. Ramesh said...

simply brilliant..i loved this piece ya..thanks for sharing..

Lisa Hazarika said...

u r a powerful writer and a great poet..superb choice of words, emotions and rhyming..really nice work..i loved all ur posts..keep going..My best wishes..

»¦മുഖ്‌താര്‍¦udarampoyil¦« said...

v good

Avocados said...

Readers Dais, you are an amazing poet and writer. I love the way you put words together. It's beautiful..

Avocados said...

I think you should write more often. I love your poetry..

Love, Edlin

the man to walk with said...

With the gift you discovered
Weaving a cocoon of words
Within them I stay buried

Saumya said...

beautiful and heart felt!...thanks for sharing this.

Thommy said...

Well Done...Thommy

sm said...

thanks for sharing
emotional and beautiful poem

ബിലാത്തിപട്ടണം / BILATTHIPATTANAM. said...

unni ,our friend n.b.suresh indroduse it & you done it

'There is a marvelous peace in not publishing….I like to write…I love to write….but I write just for myself and my own pleasure… '

R. Ramesh said...


Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Greetings:)

Amazing poem inspired by a recluse. It is strange that this recluse was able to marry so many people. Obviously these women found something in him initially but later on they left him and walked off. Probably he had odd ways which was unbearable to these women.

But he has inspired you to write a wonderful poetry which I enjoyed reading very much.

It is said that one person's poison is another person's meat.You have proved it.

Have a nice day:)

Jishad Cronic™ said...

thanks for sharing this.

Jingle said...

very powerful words.

Jingle said...

Please pick 2 to 5 awards from the post.
Enjoy the fun!

PurpleHeart said...

A person like you, Unni, deserves the deepest and the most beautiful gift of life - LOVE. My heart from every time I have read your expressions of love has been swamped with a wet sense of something unfathomable. Perhaps, it's love. Love for your writing, love for life, or simply love for love. You have a long way to go and today, I'm so proud to be that tiny dot of inspiration behind this great writer in you. My heart goes out to you. Keep those word flowing. And yes, Thanks for introducing this brilliant writer !!

P.N. Subramanian said...

What an interesting post. Had you not dropped in, I would have never known this great persona of Salinger. Thank you.

Anonymous Someone said...

awesome rhyming, am wondering how could you have so many words rhymed together,
simple beatuiful poetry.

Interesting read.

Blasphemous Aesthete

കണ്ണൂരാന്‍ / Kannooraan said...

ദൈവമേ, ഇതേതു ബ്ലോഗ്‌!
നിങ്ങളാ ശരിക്കുള്ള പുലി.
ബൂലോകത്തെ പുപ്പുലി.
നമിച്ചു ഭായീ, നമിച്ചു.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing..
And this post was a window to എന്‍.ബി.സുരേഷ്'s post.

പ്രണവം രവികുമാര്‍ said...

Well Done!!!!

"Nothing is impossible if your will become dynamic" Mark these words!!!!

Thanks for sharing!

പ്രണവം രവികുമാര്‍ said...

Well Done!!!!

"Nothing is impossible if your will become dynamic" Mark these words!!!!

Thanks for sharing!

Haddock said...

Its nice to read about the era that gone by.

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