Treasure Island

krishnakumar chandrasekar nair

(1964 and doing pretty good.. / Thiruvalla, Kerala)

A poets funeral


26/10/10 a poets funeral

On a very humid Tuesday morning
A cavalcade of cars slowly move by

Rose petals on the hot black tarmac
Like words from his directory of verse
Or tear drops for the one now beyond his time

Then the poet himself comes grinning wide
Enjoying the ambulance wind shield ride
Even as most of him lay inside properly iced

The poet whom the state briefly forgot
In his dying days – a tramp in hospital corridors
Now inching towards his hour of crowning glory
To fresh garlands and stately wreaths
Before the switch is finally flipped
And he is consecrated to the elements five

A state funeral for a derelict poet
A poet who now will continue to live on ……………………..

Submitted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

I wrote this when the celebrated Malayalam street poet Ayyapan died in Trivandrum. Largely ignored while living, he was cremated with all state honors.

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  • Roseann Shawiak (11/7/2013 12:50:00 AM)

    Enjoyed the gentle humor of the windshield ride, felt the sadness of a poet dying, although he was buried
    with honors and lives on even in your poem. Thank you for sharing.
    Thank you for your comments on my poem: Proceeding Nowhere. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (10/25/2013 11:59:00 PM)

    Very moving and I thank you for the Poet notes. A Tramp in hospital corridors yet now will be remembered. once again... heartfelt words. (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (9/25/2013 8:16:00 AM)

    It's very sad but true, often the recognition comes after death.

    Thank you Sir, for Uplifting and Valuable comments for my poems.
    Thanks a lot. (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (9/25/2013 7:28:00 AM)

    I too feel the govt machinery did not do anything for his rescue in his last days.
    WELCOME TO POEM HUNTER...
    The poet Ayyappan could have been taken care of had he desired so with a different mindset..
    To an extent he was a peculiar individual and he invited such an end for himself.
    You have told a bitter truth here. Thanks sir (Report) Reply

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