Bijay Kant Dubey


First Poem Writers of Indian English Verse (Inclusive of The Northeast)


Those who have just begun to write
Are also calling themselves poets and poetesses
And this embarrasses us most,
Baffles us most.

Just after writing their first poems in Engish,
People call themselves poets,
How can it be as such?

The first poems have just been written
And they calling themselves poets and poetesses
And the first book on the anvil,
I mean the ghost shaking the embers and the sparks
And the haunted corpse trembling
Like a scarecrow
Atop the building under construction.

First poem writers, writers of English verse
And that too English not, but the Indians
Posing as sahibs in their bungalows with memsahibs
Or pastoral romantics with shepherd mistresses
Calling themselves poets,
Poets not, but great poets.

But in reality are the maniacs,
The poetry-mads,
Nothing to do,
But poetry, poetry, poetry,
What are you doing,
I am writing, writing, will say it.

The rhymers, poetatsters too not,
But the commoners and the non-poets,
Marking the authority absent,
Calling themselves poets in absentia,
The self-proclaimed poets
And the similar with those claiming poets
From the northeast.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Topic of this poem: Art


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