Treasure Island

AtreyaSarma Uppaluri

(Hyderabad, AP, India)

Sonnet: A Goon Poet

There was a Crook who’s into small-time crime
So nimble in theft and pocket picking.
He indulged in this guilty job full time;
It’s how he would carry on his living.

Then a poet named Tongue while at a tree
Called upon him: “Ne’er like this fill your purse;
Be off your track and take to poetry
Or else god on you hurls many a curse.”

So Crook looking into books, made a shift
And began to think a lot on the rhyme;
Good poems of others he’d neatly lift
And win good laurels and prizes of prime.

Who can say a tiger his stripes would change?
How could a goon his basic traits estrange?

[Oct 12,2009: : Greenfield, WI]

Submitted: Thursday, October 15, 2009

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  • AtreyaSarma Uppaluri (10/15/2009 2:29:00 PM)

    Dear friend Lakshminarayanan, Here what I meant was that the goon-poet simply pirated or plagiarised the works (final drafts) of others (at knife point) and unduly stole all the limelight for himself. Obviously, he wasn’t transformed to the core of his heart, unlike Valmiki, that noble poet-saint. Thank you. Best regards. (Report) Reply

  • Obinna Eruchie (10/15/2009 12:39:00 PM)

    So Crook after hearing these words of a poet called Tongue, “Ne’er like this fill your purse; / Be off your track and take to poetry / Or else god on you hurls many a curse.” was touched by them to change his ways became a poet. It is a creative sonnet. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Fish (10/15/2009 11:01:00 AM)

    The well known statement 'Don't judge a book by it's cover, ' aptly describes this goon poet of which you speak. For his poetic talents he did not know, only that he had mastered the art of pick-pocketing. Fear can be a great catalyst to change. Therefore, without the motivation, why should we choose to change? An enjoyable and light poem that asks fundamental questions about life and why we choose to do the things that we do. Thanks for sharing.10+

    Feel free to read some of my poems; whatever appeals to you. (Report) Reply

  • Samanyan Lakshminarayanan (10/15/2009 11:01:00 AM)

    good poems belongs to is never the poet's...if he could identify a good poem..something humane should be with him..i actually thought this was valmiki's story (Report) Reply

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