sathya narayana

(12-06-1958 / Nellore, Andhra Pradesh)

A Dictionary


An eager beginner’s trusted cicerone
In the gossamer of abecedarian warrens
An ever-flowing brook beside a book-worm
Slaking his never-ending thirst for a fresh idiom
A writer’s permanent bed-side companion
Blooming in him, on and on,
Novel thought-jasmines
And a poet’s handy spice-box of imagery
For ready use in his verse-cuisine
It’s nothing but our dear dictionary

A word anew when learned opens the gates
To the splendid new world of ken and acumen
Let us master the word, its usage and spirit
Right and perfect and offer to our fellow men
Our best message, sweet, yet candid and straight

Submitted: Saturday, October 31, 2009
Edited: Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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  • Edward G (11/13/2009 5:44:00 AM)

    As requested by you:

    A real tribute to our loving dictionaries. I think you are the first one to honor dictionary.
    Your way of writing is new and refreshing.
    If you get time do read my poem, ' life behold, here I come' and comment I would be grateful.

    Keep up the good work. (Report) Reply

  • Sathyanarayana M V S (11/11/2009 2:03:00 AM)


    From : Nicole B (Rangiora New Zealand; Female; 15)
    To : Sathyanarayana M V S
    Date Time : 11/8/2009 3: 14: 00 PM (GMT -6: 00)


    Subject : A dictionary

    I read this poem as your requested
    its a great peice.

    And i voted you on a 9.
    I do think you deserve the ohnor of
    putting you beautiful poetry in
    this book. well done i hope on day
    i see a book of you own. (Report) Reply

  • Ershad Mazumder (11/6/2009 8:56:00 AM)

    Dear Sathy
    Poetry is not math or physics. I appreciate your feelings. People feels, but they can not express them poetically. Poets are student of God. All scripts are verses.On earth only poets creates verses. Poetry is multi dimensional and obscue. (Report) Reply

  • Kassem Oude (11/6/2009 7:06:00 AM)

    Dictionaries are like bible, they light dim road before us and open up our mind. (Report) Reply

  • Sathyanarayana M V S (11/6/2009 2:51:00 AM)

    From : Gopichand Nagasuseela (India ;)
    To : Sathyanarayana M V S
    Date Time : 11/2/2009 10: 34: 00 PM (GMT -6: 00)


    Subject : Dictionary

    The poem makes us feel the necessity of Dictionary.To understand the poem completely we need a dictionary. the poem physically and abstractly relates to dictionary. Good effort

    nagasuseela and gopichand (Report) Reply

  • Sathyanarayana M V S (11/6/2009 2:46:00 AM)


    From : William Park (clydebank United Kingdom; Male; 83)
    To : Sathyanarayana M V S
    Date Time : 11/2/2009 11: 42: 00 AM (GMT -6: 00)


    Subject : poem dictionary

    A very good poem (Report) Reply

  • Sathyanarayana M V S (11/6/2009 2:36:00 AM)

    From : Jarrod Wakefield (Auckland New Zealand; Male; 12)
    You are a masterful poet and it is a splendid poem all together you should have nothing to worry about! (Report) Reply

  • Danny H (11/5/2009 10:57:00 PM)

    :) A dictionary and spell check!
    This is wondeful
    you do deserve the honor of it being published (Report) Reply

  • Kctony Xtopher Nkwocha (11/3/2009 4:54:00 AM)

    Am dumb-founded. This is marvelous- an eager beginners cicerone- This poem explores and eulogizes our greatest friend the great door-opener. Keep it coming. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (11/3/2009 1:03:00 AM)

    Words open a new world and thorough dictionary knowledge makes one see wonders through his writings! (Report) Reply

  • Kesav Easwaran (11/3/2009 12:13:00 AM)

    Words make up diction...words are to be spelt and their meanings usage understood properly...Dictionary has always been the 'master teacher' in learnig a language forward...a good poem enlightening its role, its help...thanks...10 (Report) Reply

  • Swatimalya Chattopadhyay (11/2/2009 11:02:00 PM)

    Unique idea.My dictionary has not only helped enrich my vocabulary, it also taught me fielding positions in cricketing by demonstration of a diagram (internet was not there then, at the back an oxford dictionary, there was a clear pictorial, mentioning fielding positions) . Very nice flow of the poem. (Report) Reply

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