Learn More

Ananta Madhavan


A Song of Waiting


I rose at six O'clock
And hastened to Chepauk
To wait and see a Test Match, but rain began to fall.
I tried to hasten back;
Out for a ‘duck', alack!
I waited for a bally bus that never came at all.


I waited in a queue
From nine O'clock to two,
To pay my college fees before the penal end of term;
But when it was my turn,
I was obliged to learn
That waiting is no pastime for the bloke who isn't firm.

Thus life will slip away
In waiting every day,
And waiting has no ecstasies for me at any rate.
Still, some may be consoled
On being gently told,
"They also serve the Lord who only stand in queues and wait."

Submitted: Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Topic of this poem: Time


Do you like this poem?
0 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

Wrote this as an undergraduate,1952, for the college magazine's annual; felt proud it was printed. Scanned stanzas with a studied rhyme scheme, a wry echo from Milton's famous sonnet on his blindness in the last line.

Comments about this poem (A Song of Waiting by Ananta Madhavan )

Enter the verification code :

  • Gold Star - 12,167 Points Valsa George (6/24/2014 12:22:00 AM)

    Life is lost in endless waiting....! What else can we do when fated to stand in long queues....

    Yes, They also serve who only stand and wait! I enjoyed the way you have adapted Milton's line to suit your purpose.....!
    If this poem had been written in your undergraduate days, it must be assumed that a great poetic gene has been active in you from teen years! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Colleen Courtney (6/5/2014 11:33:00 AM)

    When you stop and think about it, we really do spend a lot of our time waiting. Must be the reason I bring a book with me wherever I go! Might as well learn something useful while waiting! Again! (Report) Reply

Read all 3 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Anecdote of the Jar, Wallace Stevens
  5. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  6. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  7. The Three Kings, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  8. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
  9. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  10. Indian Weavers, Sarojini Naidu

Poem of the Day

poet Emily Jane Brontë

I am the only being whose doom
No tongue would ask no eye would mourn
I never caused a thought of gloom
A smile of joy since I was born

In secret pleasure - secret tears
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. First Encounter - Tan Sri Clement Hii, john tiong chunghoo
  2. I Chose To Mickey With The Mouse, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  3. Honey-Bee Lover, Paul Sebastian
  4. How real is This Truth?, michael walkerjohn
  5. What Bhagavad Gita is not, Bashyam Narayanan
  6. Sold, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  7. Pain, Pain Knows No Race, Hebert Logerie
  8. God's Hands Of Love, Tom Zart
  9. Alone, Samantha Gronn
  10. David, Casey Renee Kiser
[Hata Bildir]