(June 15,1942 / Aravayal, karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, South India)

Emotional Recollection

Experiencing self is life worth living.
Remembering self is life worth being.
Anticipatory memory too
Is worth having for the events to come.

A collection of photographs of me
Taken and kept over decades is a few.
Each snap, when seen, triggers my memory
Of the events or the landmark of my life.

Now I click everywhere anything at sight
With my cell phone and put aside the snaps
To be forgotten for ever for no time.
I am not making memories anymore
Experiencing self is not to overtake
Remembering self lest it should lead you
A mechanical life, wholly materialistic.
Have a few with which to be emotional.

by Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.

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