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Indira Renganathan


She's treading on still..

As has been so far
Deafly unconcerned
Along a road, in the cab, in the shop
Unbeaten by deafening noise
Unbothered of scolding, mocking, joking, shirking

Others blaring in
searching a piece of sound
Fathoming her ears

Unknowingly that

She the queen
Her dictatorship bejeweled, bedecked
Slamming everybody at her feet
Her best familial way
Despite a deaf, illiterate

Unknowingly about

Her sovereign cognition
Of kitchen and as well of her nation
Despite a deaf, illiterate

Unknowingly that

She the most unconcerned of herself
Devoid of aid any her hearing-loss
Yet can talk on M.S.Subbalakshmi
Despite a deaf, illiterate

Unknowingly that

She the shepherdess of the infernals
Where she's treading on still..
The bold and deaf ninetyfive
To the inkling sound of silence
Treading on still..

Submitted: Thursday, May 22, 2008
Edited: Monday, September 21, 2009

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  • Rookie Vidi Writes (10/5/2009 10:40:00 AM)

    Her stride with abilities, inspite of being deaf and illiterate
    Where have 'others' went wrong...? ? ! ! !
    Dear poet, you pose a question to all of us.

    We need to know what to listen
    What to take cognizance of
    Else the pace will limp and shamble.

    Ability... seen here.... probes me more
    So much to perceive...
    I just love this write for its ability to take readers beyond... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sandra Martyres (9/27/2009 4:29:00 PM)

    Yes I have to agree...she just goes on - a very poignant piece but so representative of our society 10 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Samanyan Lakshminarayanan (9/21/2009 11:23:00 AM)

    treading on still...how well you start your poems mam...woman until recently never had any
    legal inheritance from their parents...woman inherit different wealth and their ability is something man can never ever match...great poem...10
    please read and rate my poem
    'all about money'
    'am an arrogant poet'
    'a survival plan' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Kesav Easwaran (9/21/2009 11:09:00 AM)

    veiled ability unveiled...it could be perhaps about a character you admire, Indira...you are very eloquent on her qualities...thanks... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Siddharth Singh (9/8/2009 3:32:00 AM)

    Firstly i would like to offer
    my profound regards and gratitude for
    sparing time, reading and commenting on my work.

    'Ability', comes across an extremely powerful work.
    It makes me wonder, as to whom this poem has
    been written about. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 65 Points Sathyanarayana M V S (7/31/2009 4:40:00 AM)

    I see true Indian faminism in this poem as compared to what Maya Angeola wrote in her Phenomenal woman. The real pride of being a woman lies in in upholding the dignity of womanhood. I tried to say the same in my poems LIVING IDOL and HOLY TRINE. Let us all bow to the Mighty Audi Parashakthi, our Holy mother. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 638 Points Marieta Maglas (6/19/2009 8:18:00 AM)

    ''She the most unconcerned of herself
    Devoid of aid any her hearing-loss''
    a wonderful woman's cognitive portrait, used as a data point to help determiner her best-fit personality type.The poem is an excellent message.....10+++ (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 18,891 Points Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (6/15/2009 5:19:00 AM)

    She the shepherdess of the infernals
    Where she's treading on still..
    The bold and deaf ninetyfive
    To the inkling sound of silence
    Treading on still........ oh what lovely imagination and full of truth....10

    read mine queen without crown and king does no wrong (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points Ravi A (4/16/2009 11:05:00 AM)

    A fine work. Hemingway's message through 'The old man and the sea' is clear - Man can be defeated but never destroyed. The central character of the poem justifies this. Yes. If you see the mental capacity of old generations, it is something incomparable. We have to learn many things from our older generations. Their inner strength was far more than what we could ever imagine. Far from the din of the world, they led a peaceful life, accepting the variety of life without a prejudiced heart. This is what we should try to copy in our life. (Report) Reply

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