Poetry at Sangam



ALL MUSIC IS MEMORY by Sridala Swami

All music is memory:
a lone wind trapped in the chimes,
a window rattling dolefully
in time to the movement of the night.

If my life were stretched
across the drum of centuries
I might have time to discern
the pattern in the creaking of trees.

But destinies drown through time.
A million years are lost
and I try in vain to cup my hands
and hold a note, a scale, a song.

(from A Reluctant Survivor, Sahitya Akademi, 2007)