Syed Ahmed Shah

Rookie - 138 Points (03-08-1960 / Guwahati, Assam, India)

Quarrelsome Man


Quarrelsome Man

"Where Beauty cannot keep her lustrous eyes,
Or new Love pine at them beyond to-morrow." (Keats)

Wild Ascetic of
Twenty-first century
A jungle dweller
In your city…

Quarrelsome Stubborn spider
Looking for an uncertain shelter
In the ruins of civilization…

The other day
One sprightly young child
Came skipping over the carpet
Of fresh Bokul flower
Near the entrance of my house
But she immediately took to her heels
Frightened by the shaggy appearance of the
Dry and rude ascetic

Sometimes
In the light and shade of Sunset
I too come out with the sinful bats
In nameless bye lanes of the city
I sniff the air and try to catch the clinging remains
Of the intoxicating aroma of the sensuous afternoon
Vision of a young woman in her teens…

I do not drink…
In my bookshelf
Half a dozen inebriated poets
Create a riot of competitive poetry…

But I hate alcohol…

Haven't I told you before?
I am the quintessential quarrelsome man
Fighting and squabbling with myself
All my life..

Only with myself…

© Syed Ahmed Shah, Bokultol, Guwahati,13th of July,2014..

Submitted: Sunday, July 13, 2014

Topic of this poem: religion


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