Sunday, 12 May 2013

Missing Quilt of Life


















[I’m 70. I’m alone]


Loneliness when I hear
the morn-birds
sing paeans to the Sun.

Loneliness when I
quiver in winter mornings
missing my quilt of life.

Loneliness when I
sigh at children
dancing in the rain.

Loneliness when family
look askance at me
and my ever stinking bed.

Loneliness when someone
hold my hands and cry, but
I don’t know who she/he is.

Loneliness when I
mutter Gitanjali, but
stop as memory fades out.

Loneliness when thoughts
about my dead wife
still knife me and wet my eyes.

Loneliness when I
lay awake during nights
drinking the poison of silence.

Loneliness when I was
in a hospital, caching up
with my departing breath.

Loneliness when I hear
footsteps of Lord Yama
holding ropes on hands.

Loneliness when people
force opens my mouth to
spoon -feed drops of water.

Loneliness when I
search for a bygone youth
but, meets only the
the corpses of my desires.

[Poetry is not my cuppa. But then, afflicted by a sort of Sensitivity Affected Disorders and driven by strange emotional upheavals seeing the demeanor and deportment of things, both animate and inanimate, I begin to indulge in a kinda verbose, which I brazenly call poetry. Puritan Poets may, therefore, very well excuse me for this aberration since I always call a poem a product of heart not head]

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25 comments:

  1. Thanks for your visit and comments. Happy times.

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  2. I am just speechless sir ... very very touchy and emotional composition .. helpless and lonely ...

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  3. It's very touching. What he feels and how emotions are brewing in old frail body. And you are very right Sir, poetry is from heart.

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  4. Poignant and painful composition.
    poetry is truly from heart!

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  5. But what if I say 70 is a state of mind? :D

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  6. This is brilliant Arumugam! Powerful and poignant.

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  7. that is so heartfelt....the pain hits you like a wave....beautiful composition.

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  8. Beautiful. It broke my heart...it's what I'm always afraid of for myself and my loved ones.

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  9. Oh such a sensitive piece Sir. The outcry of an aged and lonely person, and its essence has come out so beautifully :) it makes you ponder over the most sensitive question of life : "What will happen when I will grow old?"
    Totally Loved this poem.

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  10. Cheer up! You have an entire blogger community for company.
    Touching poem.

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  11. i dont know what to say. simply speechless at these touching lines.. tears in my eyes.. I can relate each n every word of being lonely as I have tended my grand father. Oh I miss him so much :(

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  12. Who say Poetry is not your cuppa? (Actually you did). Your poem has been written by the heart and it clearly shows. Keep writing, would love to read more "Poetry" by you.

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  13. its not the words but the thoughts behind. Not the rhyme but the emotions that have conjured a beautiful poem. The hall mark of all writers is that they can express whether in poetic form or otherwise. An absolutely lovely piece :)

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  14. I wish your blues fade away soon. wishing you happy times, lots of love and best wishes your way.

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  15. I am not wrong in saying " poetry does not need to have a rhyme but each word shd b poetry in itself" And you hav done it !

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  16. You have so well composed different facets of loneliness and yes that's the cup of tea for aged people.

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  17. Be like Amitabh Bachchan he is also 70...You feel lonely when you allow urself to feel that way.....and purists are bunch of crap...urs is genuine poetry from the heart and thats all matters!

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  18. Its touching...sad....pure....true...and straight from heart!!

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  19. Beautiful poem in the beautiful site

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  20. Loneliness when someone
    hold my hands and cry, but
    I don’t know who she/he is.
    These three lines project loneliness at it's deadliest.I shudder to think how it must affect the person concerned.You have delved right into that person's heart.

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  21. sensitive piece and beautifully written. But it makes me sad, very touchy!

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  22. Oh! This is so sad!
    Hope all is well at your end.

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  23. This really touched my heart ... a beautiful portrayal of pain !!!

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  24. Painful yet sophisticated! Touching yet simple! These are heartfelt lines beautifully phrased...

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