For young Swathi S. Babu, poetry was the best medium to translate her dreams into words. She first wrote in Malayalam and later in English.
The poems that she wrote between ages 8 and 12, has been collected and published as ‘Green Candle’ which was released here on Sunday.
A keen follower of new poets, Fouziya Yoonas and Meena Kandasamy, Swathi however dreams of having her own style. “I debate within myself and come up with poems,” she says.
Poet K. Sachidanandan had this to say about the poems, “I was delighted to read these wonderful poems, they read and sound very well as poetry from a twelve-year old.”
In her poem ‘Autumn’ she writes, “As I walked through\ The enchanted woods\ And saw the leaves dipped in the \ Vibrant autumn colours,\ The little mouse scurrying past,\Gathering the fallen acorns.”
“I believe my poetry is the language of my soul with the essence of nature and my dreams.
Nature in its vibrant colours always taught me to write and dream,” she says.
A student of class VIII of SDV English Medium HSS, Alappuzha, Swathi says she reads a lot every day and cuts down on watching television. “Now I would like to write about things around me in my poems,” she says.