M.D Dinesh Nair

(Thrissur/Vijayawada)

COME TO OUR ARID LANDS


From our burning stomachs rises a shrill cry,
Like a piercing storm gaining in force and fury
With every passing moment, it becomes a tumultuous roar
And falls back into all our ears loud and clear.
Art thou listening to the cry?

“We want food, our god and our lord,
We want nothing but a bowl of food from thee! ”

Or thou may enter the chambers of our hunger intact
And transmute our sad shrieks into a big silence and
Play on our muscles tight with your music of solace or of strings
And fill our feeble bodies with bread and barley sans any melody

Be with our beasts as their fodder, not for now but for ever
And be by our side and all around us henceforth.
We are waiting here with our kettle ready to be lit and boiling to their brims
Expectant and anxious we are, in this ghastly gloom of hunger!

Come to us as a puff of fresh bag of new grain collected and
Fall on our homes as a shower of your concern new found
Help us to be alive with a bowl of manna your wonder drink
And then drown our eternal hunger in the ocean of your riches unasked for.

Come to us snapping the blow of hymns sung by the the bards with filled stomachs
Talk to us in a new language dissolving the spurt of this emptiness wild,
Convert our land of needs into the one with a little abundance
And pass a new life awakening in the heart of every singer saluting you otherwise.
Sweep away the clouds of disaster hovering our very bodies
And fill them with a little blood and some energy much to your heart`s glow.

Perchance if you don`t or can`t come to us this season too
Let the loud lunged pitch of your revived love
Keep flowing in our veins as blood red and new for a miracle
And may your definitive seeing eyes
Keep flashing across our arid lands doomed till now
So that we will not walk into an early death as projected
Or dread the fall of gloom after the disaster strikes our fated land!
Then our hymns will be flown into your skies infinite
From our bugles and pipes made of bamboo and reed!

Amen!

Submitted: Sunday, January 19, 2014
Edited: Sunday, January 19, 2014

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

It is a poem written in response to a poem titled COME TO ME written by Ms Valsa George.

Madam Valsa, even as I was reading your poem I heard a translation of it from the famine struck lands of the African Somalia and Khurd Province and many villages in Orissa and Bihar in India.

Let us hope both of the prayers will be answered almost simultaneously. Amen. Amen.

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  • Valsa George (1/21/2014 9:19:00 AM)

    Dinesh, I know that your arguments are too powerful for me to win over! So I am backing off! (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (1/21/2014 4:33:00 AM)

    Thank you Deepakji, Mr Marvin and Valsa madam for your comments.
    Our supplications are to the concept of 'God' but I assert here the probability of that hypothetical omnipresence being irrelevantly present if at all by chance it exists. I want to answer each of your arguments pointing out the superfluous superiority of the arguments in support of spiritual well being built on imaginary lines from times man made God! .
    1. You are referring to omnipotence... I think there can never be beings / things that are omniscient, omnipotent or omnipresent. These terms are illogical and we human beings who will form less than 000012% of the total living organisms present on the earth are toying with such ideas which are magical and irrational. But the practice being that many would like to think they are 'all correct', a brutal majority of us think cannot think otherwise.
    2.You refer to 'spiritual well being' being equal to or even being more important than physical well being..
    If all are physically well off in an approximately uniform manner, one can buy your argument. The nonsense is either you or I can first have physical well being and at the end can even opt for the elevation to the spiritual well being whereas many millions will have to compromise with the absolute deprivation of physical well being in the material world and then they have to wait for the spiritual well being after death.In a world of equality all ought to benefit from the well being they are entitled to have and given to then unasked for. A Somalian must lead a miserable life till death and then should enter the heaven for eternity whereas Valsa George and Dinesh Nair can have both is ridiculous and amounts to no justice.
    3.Those who call upon God are not blind. The happy beggar who sleeps for want of concerns and the sleepless rich man who turns insomniac for the excesses of his amassed wealth are not supposed to be the graphic designs of a God to drive this point home. There is no guarantee that by wiping out poverty and want we can solve all the problems on the earth. In this scenario your God might be blundering by allowing the co existence of vices and virtues.
    4. What is God`s grace? He/she/it could have directly gone for abundant display of it by creating eternity for all from the very alpha and why all this humbug of testing the haves and have nots on different platters and why all these dramatic phases of allowing materialistic pursuits and La Vegas and hunger and suffering of Sudan and Sambalpur for a child`s fancy? Is that power that insane or regardless of things.
    May we ponder over things pertaining to a global problem and not an individual crisis.
    We are all here... we think and so we are...
    We eat and drink and so we write too.
    They cannot eat and drink and they cannot wage this war of words over this PH..
    Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (1/19/2014 11:24:00 PM)

    Hmmm..... Hats off Dinesh..... for this amazing talent... instantaneous and off hand! Though the poems express thoughts in the opposite directions and their tone antithetical, they both converge on the same point.... both are supplications to God accepting His omnipotence! !
    While mine asking for inner and spiritual edification, yours for physical and material well being! Though physical well being is certainly the basic and primary need, spiritual well being is perhaps equally or more important...! Don't think that one who calls God is blind to the misery around! Haven't you seen beggars with empty or half filled stomachs blissfully sleeping on the pavement while a rich man, overfed on his cosy bed turning this side and that side unable to wink an eye lid. Do you feel that if poverty and want are wiped out from the face of the Earth, all our problems will end? Then greater problems in the form of greed, jealousy and hatred will show up with greater venom like poisonous serpents! God's grace alone can douse the heat arising from man's wild passions!
    However, I consider this an honour that you wrote parodying my poem...! ! I hope to get greater readership! !

    For this wonderful write, you deserve a10 (Report) Reply

  • marvin brato (1/19/2014 3:45:00 PM)

    Very emotional and meaningful narration of peoples' need for survival....great tribute to your country! (Report) Reply

  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (1/19/2014 12:05:00 PM)

    May be barren the land is but the poetry composed here will definitely add productivity and alleviate sufferings
    of millions of hungry and thirsty souls.............well done Dinesh Ji.........thanks for sharing............ (Report) Reply

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