Madathil Nair

Man's Best Friend

Rain clouds ran berserk on the hills
Like elephant herds in panic
Winds whistled like villains
On the winding mountain pass

A warm tea would do me good
I stopped my car and moved
Towards a dilapidated shed
Where men of all shades
Huddled together puffing beedies

He came after me then
His eyes had a moist glisten
Of ageless friendship
Wagging his tail looking up
At me, placing his paws on my thighs

Stray dog of the mountain pass
His eyes were mascara lined
A beauty to behold
A silky brownness filled with mirth
And wavy musculature

What does he like?
Anything, Sir, that we have here
I bought him a sweet bun
He gulped it at once
Wagging his tail again
Ageless camaraderie in his eyes

I bought him a second bun
Before I drained
The last drops of my steaming tea
Made from what God knows
On that forsaken mountain pass

And as I walked back to my car
In an elemental swirl
Of winds, drizzle, mist and clouds
He was there behind me
With that haunting friendship in his eyes

Friend, our knowing each other
Is perhaps endless
It never had a beginning either
We were together through ages
Births, rebirths, deaths and pangs

Perhaps, you guarded my Neanderthal cave
When I snored inside
Looking at the Moon and wondering
Why the world was made
So beautiful to behold

Or perhaps you sat there in the snow
Outside my igloo freezing
Looked at the white expanse and mused
Why it had to be so awesome
When it bit into the bones
And stiffened the looks even
Of the stars in the heavens

Adieu friend, we are to meet
Again and again in our sojourns
Keep the friendship burning
In your moist eyes, sure am I
You will be there when I breathe
My last on some mountain pass
Sitting at my head, man’s best friend
What more would a human want?

Submitted: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Form: Prose Poem

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Based on a real life incident when the friendship of a dog on a mountain road on a rainy, cold and windy evening baffled me.

Comments about this poem (Man's Best Friend by Madathil Nair )

  • Veteran Poet - 1,284 Points Abdulrazak Aralimatti (3/28/2015 12:51:00 AM)

    Truly said, dog is man's good friend and man has to learn a lot from it. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 585 Points Jitesh Shah (3/22/2015 11:17:00 AM)

    very nice poem for best friend i like it and also read my poem sir (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,014 Points Rajesh Thankappan (3/20/2015 11:22:00 AM)

    Dog shares an intimate relationship with man and this relationship you have so beautifully woven in this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,805 Points Edward Kofi Louis (3/20/2015 7:47:00 AM)

    Keep the firendship. A nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points R.c. Nair (3/19/2015 12:34:00 AM)

    Excellent work! You could have brought the friend home. '......we are to meet again and again in our sojourns....' R.C.Nair (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,501 Points Amitava Sur (3/18/2015 10:32:00 PM)

    Truly a lovely endearing poem with a heart winning imagery showing your love for your trusted friend in deed. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Vijayakumaran Nair (3/18/2015 12:37:00 PM)

    I felt as though I was reading a poem by famous Malayalm poets like Kumaran Asan, al.
    Really beautiful work! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,751 Points Tirupathi Chandrupatla (3/18/2015 9:58:00 AM)

    A real life incident is beautifully presented all the reality preserved. It is wonderful experience to find man's best friend in journey on the mountain road. Great imagination and appropriate choice of words. Enjoyed it. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 19,179 Points Valsa George (3/18/2015 7:08:00 AM)

    What should I say about this write! Splendid! Yes, I see your friend's mascara lined eyes in the picture!

    Perhaps, you guarded my Neanderthal cave
    When I snored inside
    Looking at the Moon and wondering
    Why the world was made
    So beautiful to behold............................. Lovely imagination Nair ji! Top marks as usual! (Report) Reply

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