M.D Dinesh Nair

Veteran Poet - 1,726 Points (Thrissur/Vijayawada)

My Donkey Has To Keep Quiet - Poem by M.D Dinesh Nair

My donkey can speak and he has forgotten to bray like others
I tell him to speak about these times
And he speaks like a god of our yesterdays.
He nods his head all the while and silences my ‘nays’

My donkey speaks about the sin and salvation,
He speaks about the quakes and storms and
They are there in his store for the rest of his species.
There is a sinister look on his face that is fierce too

My donkey looks philosophical at times, I bet
And he says he has to speak about the future too.
He now speaks about a life that sans hunger and thirst
And a life wherein an empire of eternity awaits all

A few braying donkeys walk towards my gate
He sees them and chases them out crying, ” Idiots”.
When the sun sets over my home too, I tell my donkey
To bray for a while and to sleep for the whole night

I recollect from the pages of a book long forgotten
And Snowball and Napoleon relegate into animals in uniform.
If my donkey still goes for a speech tomorrow as well
I am sure I will find a speech therapist to reverse the case.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

The donkey here is an 'animal' and any similarities it has got with a man are quite coincidental....
The book forgotten is 'ANIMAL FARM 'by George Orwell

Comments about My Donkey Has To Keep Quiet by M.D Dinesh Nair

  • Rookie - 126 Points Jayachandran Chakrapany (7/14/2013 1:02:00 AM)

    The Donkey here is the symbol of this Hippocratic world.The perfect blending of magical realism in poem.Great write.thanks.jk (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 6,166 Points Hazel Durham (7/11/2013 8:26:00 AM)

    Funny and quirky with a kick at the end! ! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,957 Points Soumita Sarkar (7/10/2013 1:04:00 AM)

    A satire and a reminder of Animal Farm..........brilliant.I invite you to read my poems and rate them.Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,726 Points Dinesh Nair (7/7/2013 9:29:00 AM)

    Dear Ramesh Rai sir, I have written about a donkey and by turn he may next write about me.... ha ha ha
    Thank you for sharing your views. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,743 Points Geetha Jayakumar (7/7/2013 8:30:00 AM)

    Good Write. Enjoyed reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,384 Points Ramesh Rai (7/7/2013 8:25:00 AM)

    are you telling abouut whom? few days back a post appeared on my face book, 'donkeys r in danger ' as a joke i commented how many now reqd. but just below i complied the fact. but here donkey for what? but a beautiful write. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,794 Points Elena Sandu (7/6/2013 4:20:00 AM)

    Hahaha witty! The more philsophical, the more hillarious it got. Hahaha chasing his brothers calling them idiots, for ruining his dreams.. Yummy I love the taste of bitter sweet. Great poem, it made my day, thank you! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,885 Points Heather Wilkins (7/5/2013 1:41:00 PM)

    a good write. enjoyed the read (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 34,112 Points Gajanan Mishra (7/5/2013 9:38:00 AM)

    good poem, I like it and its writing . (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 5, 2013

Poem Edited: Thursday, July 18, 2013


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