saranyan bee

Old man by the Sea

Old man by the sea
he walks the promenade
at Marina
selling eclecticism of snippets,
cut mangoes, chopped chilies
onions and red powder,
green coriander and
smidgen of lemon tossed with raw peanuts,
shelled and boiled in tears;

his shoulder droops to his right
when job is half done
and tired, he rests at the lawn across the ice-house
where they commemorated labor,
and he watches the ships
waiting in blue waters at port-side,
squeezing the breeze
out of blind eyes,
and even blind eyes water.

Saranyan BV © May 2012 Chennai

Submitted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Listen to this poem:

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.


Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

The old man depicted is not one man, but many men who carry those heavy tins and wander in the beach beseeching people to buy their snippets. They are persons who have lead a complete employed life, looked after and brought up children and spent their everything for the family, but who now need some money for their basic personal necessitites in the old age, for them and their wives. They are people old, cant see and live with sadness and yearning for death. You can come across them.

Comments about this poem (Old man by the Sea by saranyan bee )

Read all 1 comments »

Famous Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  4. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Caged Bird
    Maya Angelou
  8. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
Trending Poets
Trending Poems
  1. The Ocean Ballad, Mariah Williams
  2. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  3. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. Alone, Maya Angelou
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  9. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  10. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
[Hata Bildir]