Ayyappa Paniker

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

Ayyappa Paniker Poems

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

Stop writing about rivers!
Rivers bring in flood waters
and drown the towns.
The long-awaited rains
swell into seas.
Hooghly is no river;
she is an ocean,
the end of all time,
floating huts,

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