Keki Daruwalla Poems
- Before The Word Corn is great, on the cob or otherwise, but...
- Wolf Fire-lit half silhouette and half myth the wolf ...
- Suddenly The Tree The hive slept like Argus its thousand ...
- Fish The sea came in with her and her curved snout and her ...
- Sappho To Aphrodite Long and lonely are my nights. Come ...
- Underwater Notes I am alone in the house. It is warm ...
- Map-Maker Perhaps I'll wake up on some alien shore In the ...
Keki Nasserwanji Daruwalla (Keki N. Daruwalla or Keki Daruwalla) is a major Indian poet and short story writer in English language. He has written over 12 books and published his first novel "For Pepper and Christ" in 2009. He is also a former IPS officer, who retired as Additional Director in the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, in 1984 for his poetry collection, "The Keeper of the Dead", by the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters.
Early Life and Education
Keki Nasserwanji Daruwalla was born in 1937, in Loni, Burhanpur (now in loni, burhanpur), in 1937. His father N.C. ... more »
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Before The Word
Corn is great, on the cob or otherwise,
but before corn in the ear there was life.
Fire is holy especially for Zoroastrians,
but before fire too there was life.
Before the bowstring and the flint arrow sang,
there was life.
The word is great,
yet there was life before the word.
We can't turn romantic and say
we were into bird speech or river-roar then,
into the silence of frost
or the language of rain.
But forest speech and swamp speech
came through easier to us.
When lightning crashed,
the cry of the marsh bird was our cry, ...