Gieve Patel is a poet, playwright and artist, as well as a practicing doctor.
Early Life and Education
Gieve Patel was born in 1940 in Mumbai. He was educated at St Xavier's High School and Grant Medical College. He lives in Mumbai where he is a general practitioner.
His poetry works include Poems than first launched by Nissim Ezekiel followed by How Do You Withstand, Body and Mirrored Mirroring. His plays include Princes, Savaksa and Mr Behram .
He held his first show in Mumbai in 1966 that went on to have several major exhibitions in India and abroad. Patel participated in the Menton Biemale, France in 1976. India, Myth and ... more »
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Gieve Patel Poems
On Killing a Tree
It takes much time to kill a tree, Not a simple jab of the knife Will do it. It has grown Slowly consuming the earth,
Old Man's Death
There may be a very small comfort In knowing yourself finally Useless – when even grandchildren Have grown beyond your love,
A case in point, the expert says; A woman thrust glowing faggots Where properly Her son’s sparrow should nest.
the old crone slurping up essence of chicken soup
Squirrels In Washington
Squirrels in Washington come Galloping at you in fours, then brake To halt a few feet away And beg on hindquarters.
ow soon I've acquired it all! It would seem an age of hesitant gestures Awaited only this sententious month.
It is startling to see how swiftly A man may be sliced From chin to prick,
God or something like that shot through each part of you, down
From Bombay Central
The Saurashtra Express waits to start Chained patiently to the platform, Good pet, while I clamber in To take my reserved window seat
It makes sense not to have the body seamless, hermetically sealed,
Our English host was gracious We were soon at ease;
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On Killing a Tree
It takes much time to kill a tree,
Not a simple jab of the knife
Will do it. It has grown
Slowly consuming the earth,
Rising out of it, feeding
Upon its crust, absorbing
Years of sunlight, air, water,
And out of its leperous hide
So hack and chop
But this alone wont do it.
Not so much pain will do it.
The bleeding bark will heal
And from close to the ground
Will rise curled green twigs,
Which if unchecked will expand again
To former size.
The root is to be pulled out -
Out of the...