Ananta Madhavan

Serenade in Irony

Defining edge of precipice undared,
The parapet sustains your elegance,
Cantilever elbows balancing
The craning neck and posited base,
Succulent orbs, not quite a counterpoise
To founded hulk of torso. Precarious
The contemplation of the street
From safety's perch upon the balcony,
An infirm outpost abutting the flood:
Home and the world. Senorita, madame or Srimati,
Will you not join the Dionysian doom,
Forsaking your false equilibrium?
Watcher craving to be player, yet afraid
Of the seductive absolute, you are still,
But cannot stanch the current of the stream.

Cling to those railings damsel, if you will.
The parapet or balustrade or gunwale
Is but an artifact of sanity, a token
Of restraint, a symbol and convention,
Reminder or decorum, just enough to leash
The rash temptation to leap or chance a fling.
Lean over, love, but take care not to fall.

Submitted: Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Topic(s): irony

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

What do you think this poem is about?

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

A young man's unsung serenade while biking past a suburban balcony.

Comments about this poem (Serenade in Irony by Ananta Madhavan )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 1 comments »

New Poems

  1. The time is, gajanan mishra
  2. This Ain't Livin', Curtlan Popo
  3. Barriers Broken, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  4. Much Love, Michael McParland
  5. Soothing Innermost Sadness, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  6. A Good Heart Needs No Book Smarts, Curtlan Popo
  7. Allowing Sweetened Romance, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  8. Wonder, shafeeqrahman rahman
  9. Disguised, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  10. Shuffling, ramesh rai

Poem of the Day

poet Sir John Suckling

Dost see how unregarded now
That piece of beauty passes?
There was a time when I did vow
To that alone;
But mark the fate of faces;
...... Read complete »


Modern Poem

poet Elizabeth Bishop


Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. The Rider, Naomi Shihab Nye
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  7. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  10. As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]