Madathil Rajendran Nair

Gold Star - 18,492 Points (3rd December 1946 / Bombay, India)

Man's Best Friend - Poem by Madathil Rajendran Nair

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?

Topic(s) of this poem: friendship

Form: Prose Poem

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 Man's Best Friend by Madathil Rajendran Nair

  • Tapan M. Saren Tapan M. Saren (8/8/2016 10:07:00 AM)

    Very very very beautiful poem..10 (Report) Reply

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  • Nosheen Irfan Nosheen Irfan (7/19/2016 2:14:00 AM)

    What a marvelous write on friendship! Your description of the mountain pass, n the weather is sublime. And in that lovely background, the sparks of love, loyalty n friendship are ignited. On the emotional level, this poem stirs the heart of every reader, i'm sure. The love that an animal feels n nurtures for a human who is kind to him surpasses every emotion. Beautiful narration of a memorable incident. Full marks! (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga Rajnish Manga (7/7/2016 2:22:00 AM)

    Breath-taking and surreal. The narrative is fantastically interesting as well as emotional. The eternal bond of friendship felt with a stray dog during a short period of time lasting barely an hour or so of halt on a journey by road. You have made it a philosophical experience. Thanks, Nair ji. (Report) Reply

  • Denis Mair Denis Mair (2/21/2016 10:14:00 AM)

    This poem made a strong impression on me when I first began exploring PoemHunter eight months ago. Stumbling across gems like this convinced me to stay with PH. The storm is described in film-scenario style. We can visualize the stormy desolation and how comforting the dog's presence must have been. There are authentic touches, such as wondering what the tea was made from on that Godforsaken mountain pass. We are seeing through the poet's eyes. He imagines himself wondering about the beauty of the moon and intensity of winter cold in other eras. It seems natural that such reflections would be enhanced by the presence of a companion. This poem evokes the mystery of friendship across species. (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad Akhtar Jawad (7/31/2015 11:27:00 PM)

    A nice description of a loyal and faithful friend................................10 (Report) Reply

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/11/2015 5:53:00 PM)

    An eminent and excellent exposition that moves the mondaine to majestic magnification. Well done my friend! (Report) Reply

  • Ken E Hall (3/31/2015 6:38:00 AM)

    Being a lover of all animals I love this poem and owning the most beautiful dog on the planet named Jet Star and his undying love...the story was great...regards (Report) Reply

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti 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

  • Jitesh Shah 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

  • Rajesh Thankappan 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

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (3/20/2015 7:47:00 AM)

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

  • 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

  • Amitava Sur 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

  • 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

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla 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

  • Valsa George 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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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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