Ananta Madhavan


Ashrafi - Poem by Ananta Madhavan

Ashrafi the tigress
So beautifully bored
Suffered her cubs to tug at her teats
And clouted the rolling one.

The rolling one he loved to roll
On the wet-grained cement floor.
He rolled along to the edge of the pool
And flopped into the water.

O strange new liquid element
In the strange new solid world!
The rolling one went splashing
Down the breathless pool.

Ashrafi the tigress
Watching with half an eye
Suffered her cub to roll on
Out of her beautiful boredom.

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

I was moved by this sad event in the Delhi zoo sometime in the 1960's.

Comments about Ashrafi by Ananta Madhavan

  • Gold Star - 9,229 Points Geetha Jayakumar (2/20/2014 1:37:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem. You have penned it very well. Loved reading each lines...
    Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 17, 2014

Poem Edited: Tuesday, February 18, 2014


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