Ananta Madhavan


Invitation To Crystal-Gazing - Poem by Ananta Madhavan

Take up a cut-glass poem
And hold it to the lamp,
That you might see
Radiant opacity
And shafted, steel-blue veins of light.


Turn, turn it gently on poised web-fingers
Like some slow machinery,
That you might mark
The muted interval of motion,
The pulse of new-bound time.


This should be all, unless
Within your own cross-mirrored halls
Other crystal broods are spawned.
Then let your hand withdraw,
That the smithereens of ornament may free
The between-space which it artfully confined.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written in my youth, this poem was published in an Indian weekly in 1960. I was fascinated by the image of 'between-spaces' in good poems.

Comments about Invitation To Crystal-Gazing by Ananta Madhavan

  • Rookie - 45 Points Colleen Courtney (5/14/2014 6:47:00 PM)

    This is such a great introspective write! Enjoyed greatly! (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 33,355 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/14/2014 1:44:00 AM)

    Awesome poem and recited. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 14, 2014


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