A. K. Ramanujan

(16 March 1929 - 13 July 1993 / Mysore / India)

A. K. Ramanujan Poems

1. The Black Hen 6/16/2012
2. Astronomer 6/16/2012
3. Still Life 6/16/2012
4. On The Death Of A Poem 6/16/2012
5. Prayers To Lord Murugan 6/16/2012
6. Extended Family 6/16/2012
7. Elements Of Composition 6/16/2012
8. Chicago Zen 6/16/2012
9. Self-Portrait 6/16/2012
10. A River 6/16/2012
Best Poem of A. K. Ramanujan

A River

In Madurai,
city of temples and poets,
who sang of cities and temples,
every summer
a river dries to a trickle
in the sand,
baring the sand ribs,
straw and women's hair
clogging the watergates
at the rusty bars
under the bridges with patches
of repair all over them
the wet stones glistening like sleepy
crocodiles, the dry ones
shaven water-buffaloes lounging in the sun
The poets only sang of the floods.

He was there for a day
when they had the floods.
People everywhere talked
of the inches rising,
of the precise number of cobbled ...

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