Learn More

Ananta Madhavan


A Poet Waits, in Vain?


I

The Tibetan waits for customers.
His high-boned face is flat,
His beads and trinkets dangle
From rafters in his shack.

Glint-less the beads of his eyes.


II

The bayonet at my back is Time's.
My genes met stony ground
In a hybrid culture.
The age was like a flag
Tattered by cross winds.
I grasped too much,
Clung to what came easy,
Left what seemed hard.

Shoot, bastards,
Not all has been in vain.
I learnt a thing or two:
I have scars.

III

Professor or President,
Read the papers and find
In how many ways
Te world can go on without you.
When did you last remember
You were expendable?

Submitted: Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

1974, sensing an affinity with a refugee.

Comments about this poem (A Poet Waits, in Vain? by Ananta Madhavan )

Enter the verification code :

  • Silver Star - 9,291 Points Roseann Shawiak (3/13/2014 2:11:00 AM)

    Especially as poets we see our selves forever being replaced by newer poets
    who come along, we know the world can get along without us. Only our words
    seem indispensable in the long run, continuing through life without us, also. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,205 Points Valsa George (2/6/2014 12:35:00 AM)

    Yes, the world can go on without you or me.... We think that we are all indispensable.... but in one way or other we are all refugees. In the battle of life, we are scarred and only through the hard way we learn things! !

    Thoughts deep and profound! ! (Report) Reply

Read all 3 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  2. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  3. A Little While, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  4. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  5. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  6. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  7. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  8. Jiske Dhun Par Duniya Nache, Kumar Vishwas
  9. Candadi Kelidara Vistara, Shishunala Sharif
  10. Anubhava Gitegalu, Shishunala Sharif

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A little while a little love
The hour yet bears for thee and me
Who have not drawn the veil to see
If still our heaven be lit above.
Thou merely, at the day's last sigh,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Your Paradise Is Met, Naveed Akram
  2. Who Needs Rains In Heaven?, G. AKANJI OLANIYI
  3. Prevention is better than cure, Leong Ming Loong
  4. Twittering Among Feelings, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  5. Living Passion, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  6. Love Magic, Col Muhamad Khalid Khan
  7. Life Stretching, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  8. Electric Love, Suresh Dogra
  9. Capturing An Awareness, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  10. Letting Imagination Run, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
[Hata Bildir]