kanav justa

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A Dead King Begging For Life

a king dead thousand years ago
Wandered without his skin
in a land where angels grow
a world bereft of sins

he had been summoning someone
the one he called supreme
he then sung some songs for sun
he praised him in his dream

in a blink of an eye, he did appear
no shape no form he had
nor his voice the king could hear
but still that king was glad

the king then bowed in front of him
to show him gratitude
beneath the feet, shook his crumbling seat
stood the sungod tall and rude

** Impressed by the king’s karma
the sungod spoke in the language of mortals
and said to the king
that he could ask for a wish
but warned him
to only ask what he truly deserves
the king spoke out his heart **

I badly miss the days of sorrow
the way i feared about tomorrow

after death found only joy
more reverence than the king of troy

in every eye there’s endless grace
that’s deficient in my human race

no hunger here i ever found
every man walks with belly round

these blessings now i find as curse
now the king spoke out his final verse

make me the saddest person
anyone would ever know
or make me some tree of earth
a tree that does not grow

if you wish, i will be some fish
or how about me a slave
or a soldier of a barbarian king
from heart who is not brave

make me a sun that does not shine
or a star that does not twinkle
or a sad old man of a lone caravan
i swear i would love my wrinkles

i am ready to be, a tiny bug
i don’t mind if i am born a worm
or a cow that lives in some barren land
where everyday comes storm

then he heard the voice of god
he said oh king don’t mourn
the life you seek doesn’t come for free
you have to earn it like bourbon

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, January 01, 2014


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  • Bronze Star - 5,181 Points Lyn Paul (1/6/2014 6:59:00 PM)

    So many incredible lines in this write Kanav. So beautiful and too... be proud of your comments that have been shared by inspiring people.. Well done. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,553 Points Dinesh Nair (1/6/2014 8:17:00 AM)

    Kanav, your tale is alluringly beautiful and I am happy to see you here narrating a captivating story that has a purpose to serve. Literature of the kind is in fact in a state of being reinvented by enterprising poets like you. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,138 Points Valsa George (1/6/2014 7:59:00 AM)

    Light will be identified only in darkness! Joy is relished only if there is sorrow! So the King's wish is not a foolish wish!

    A story beautifully narrated, illustrating a paradoxical concept! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 573 Points Shahzia Batool (1/6/2014 12:19:00 AM)

    Kanav Justa your poems have a flavor of parables with allegorical and mythical touch...as neela rightly pointed out the faculty of dramatising in your compositions with an obvious touch of conscious melody created by focus on meaningful alternate or sometimes occasional rhyming structure...a good work, indeed! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,999 Points Neela Nath (1/5/2014 9:51:00 AM)

    Kanav, I love the music of your poems.The dramatic representation of the theme of the poem has left a mesmerizing effect. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,565 Points Hazel Durham (1/3/2014 9:29:00 AM)

    Truly you are a master storyteller, I love this thought provoking write, there has to be two sides to everything for us to be able to appreciate the opposite emotion!
    Brilliant write! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,635 Points Rajesh Thankappan (1/1/2014 11:01:00 AM)

    An interesting story and an interesting poem! Without the shadow of sorrow, joy itself makes an hurried exit.
    Loved the poem it with all my heart. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,094 Points * Sunprincess * (1/1/2014 12:23:00 AM)

    ...oh kanav, words cannot do this poem justice... but I shall try to do my very best..
    ..you have written a masterpiece and it takes my breath away...truly the dead king
    didn't know how good life was until he was dead...a beautiful write, one of your very
    best.....I am actually in love with this poem :) ...you just don't have any idea you are
    truly a star shining brightly tonight...I wish you the very best with love, happiness
    and success for 2014....I love this marvelous poem :) (Report) Reply

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