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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

A poem entitled "Tatters"

A child’s nose runs

And her shirt smells

From light sun-patches

One takes for tatters.

At night moonbeams

Cleanse swollen souls

Unduly worried about

Chinks in laboured tents

As mother slaps breads

On hot coals, gray smoke.

The man is not worried

About ecology too much

When he breaks stones

From tall mountains

To make comfy houses

For those whose shirts

Smell of currency notes.

His shirt does not smell

He does not have any.

His back has streams

Of glistening sweat

Like mountain streams

Forming giant rivers.

On the dizzy skyscraper’s

Bamboo scaffold a man’s thin body

Is etched against the hot sky

As though he is a painted figure

On the vast canvas of the sky

He stands helpless because

Somebody painted him there.

And the man is not helpless

Against the summer sky

The paint can in his hands

Adds colour to other’s riches

He has no wall in his tent-house

For smooth pastel shades.

He has finely rounded holes

That bring in chilly winds.

The black sewer outside his tent

Glistens in the morning sun

It is only when the sun climbs

That the sewer becomes smellier

And less like a rivulet that runs

Through the rarefied mountains.

Submitted: December 31, 2008

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I really liked this poem. There's something so simple about it, yet something so... mystical.

Looking forward to reading more.

Thu, January 1st, 2009 12:03am



Wed, December 31st, 2008 10:23pm


Very good a sense of magic

Thu, January 1st, 2009 12:39am



Wed, December 31st, 2008 10:23pm

Steve Littlewood

Powerful images, and interesting similies and metaphors. It's a snapshot of India to me though I've neber been there. I enjoy the writer in you.

Sun, January 11th, 2009 6:24pm



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