Friday, March 11, 2011

Memoirs of Another Kind.

At the temple, there is a poem called "Loss" carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read Loss, only feel it.


The heart dies, a slow death,
shedding each hope like leaves...

... until one day there are none.
No hopes. Nothing remains.

She paints her face to hide her face.
Her eyes like deep water.

It is not for Geisha to want.
It is not for Geisha to feel.

Geisha is an artist
of the floating world.

She dances. She sings. She entertains you,whatever you want.
The rest is shadows. The rest is secret.


You cannot say to the sun “more sun,”
or to the rain “less rain.”

To a man Geisha can only be half a wife.

We are the wives of nightfall.
And yet to learn of kindness…

… after so much unkindness. To understand that
a little girl with more courage than she knew,
would find that her prayers were answered.

Can that not be called happiness?

After all, these are not the memoirs
of an empress, nor of a queen…

… these are memoirs of another kind.

~Memoirs of a Geisha~


  1. is this from the book? I read that sometime back, but dont recall reading that...beautiful words!

  2. @Raam Pyari: Welcome to my White Window. The posted lines are from the movie. i haven't read the book so can't tell whether they are there or not.

    Thanks a lot.

    @Rachit: Thank you :)

  3. Its a lovely movie... :) one of my favourites!

  4. Inspired from the novel or the movie?

    Whatever be the source..its a nice poem, expressed the emotions beautifully !

    Keep Writing.

    Take Care.

  5. Beautiful preeti! I just want to watch this movie, which I draw the face of memories of a geisha sometime back.

  6. Hi Preetilata.. nice to see u back..

    Interesting one here from you.. well posted..:)

  7. @Chandana: yup i agree with you. :) Than you. :)

    @Fatima: Welcome here. It's from the movie. I have no contribution in it apart from posting it here in my blog. Thank you Fatima. :)

    @Jeevan: The movie is beautiful. And where can i see your drwaing? is it there in your blog? let me know ok. and yes thank you. :)

    @Pramoda: Thank you dear Pramoda. :)

  8. "To a man Geisha can only be half a wife".

    I like the way this line provides teh depth inteh the very heart of the poem too!! Love it:)

  9. Happy to say, I watched the movie....LIRICS ARE VERY BEAUTIFUL !....


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