Ayyappa Paniker

(12 September 1930 - 23 August 2006 / Kavalam, Kerala, India)

Ayyappa Paniker Poems

1. Zorba Sings 9/7/2012
2. The Elections 9/7/2012
3. A Glass 9/7/2012
4. Sunflower Face 9/7/2012
5. Gallnut 9/7/2012
6. Uncle Indan 9/7/2012
7. Sappho's Dirge 9/7/2012
8. Father And Mother Do Not Speak To Me 9/7/2012
9. Beyond Death 9/7/2012
10. The Cockroach 9/7/2012
11. The Dawns Pause, Playing On The Santoori 9/7/2012
12. Song Of Myself 9/7/2012
13. The Family Saga 9/7/2012
14. Theft 9/7/2012
15. Hey Gagarin 9/7/2012
16. The Twilight Hour Keeps Playing On The Santoori 9/6/2012
17. Upon My Walls 9/6/2012
18. Epitaph 9/6/2012
19. The Vision Of The Seasons 9/6/2012
20. Whatever Happened? 9/6/2012
21. The Prophetess 9/6/2012
22. Every Dog Has His Night 9/6/2012
23. Hoogly 9/6/2012
24. Bhagavathykunjamma's Bharatanatyam 9/6/2012
25. Net 9/6/2012
26. White Clouds 9/6/2012
27. Isn'T That Shameful For Us? 9/6/2012
28. Passage To America 9/6/2012
29. Horse Play 9/6/2012
Best Poem of Ayyappa Paniker

Horse Play

Four gallant horses
galloped forth.

One was white, one was black,
one was red, one was brown.

One had four legs,
one had three,
one had two,
and the fourth had one leg.

The one-legged horse
said to the others :
the time for dance has come,
sweet friends,
let's dance on a single hoof !

All of them liked the idea,
and the dance began.
The four-legged horse fainted outright,
the three-legged horse slipped and fell,
the two-legged horse limped to a fall :
only the one-legged one
danced on and on.

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Upon My Walls

Look at the picture my hands have drawn on my walls:
why do you stare? Look carefully, you fool!
Nerves that stretch from the navel and the eyes
thirst and burn in the brain;
copper dreams blossoming on the dead volcano
blaze and flow around;
tears unfrozen, ears unstopped,
the veins keep glowing; is it creation or destruction?
‘Look at the picture my hands have drawn on my walls;

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