Ananta Madhavan


Triangular - Poem by Ananta Madhavan

On Sanchi hill a sedentary Buddha
With eyes turned inward, eyes of introspection,
Did not perceive a play of ironies
Enacted on his lap, but I was witness:
There I observed a jaunty tourist couple
Prancing among the uncommenting ruins;
Anon the wench espied the awesome figure,
Lost in a stony trance, so photogenic.
She sate herself with amorous abandon
Upon the lust-less thighs, and nestled closer,
(Her glasses like a pair of death-head sockets) ,
He snapped her thus in that adulterous posture,
Unmindful of the sacrilege, but jealous.

Topic(s) of this poem: traveling


Poet's Notes about The Poem

1953. I was a young visitor in Sanchi. I disliked camera-eyed tourism.

Comments about Triangular by Ananta Madhavan

  • Bharati Nayak (8/28/2016 10:33:00 AM)


    The behavior of the tourist couple bespeaks their lacks in mannerism, their ignorance and disrespectful attitude towards architecture of historical significance. (Report) Reply

    A. Madhavan (8/28/2016 10:13:00 PM)

    Thank you Poet Bharati. I am grateful for a reader like you who looks up my old offerings of verse
    and bothers to convey a like-minded reaction. Best wishes. AM

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  • Joanne Teague (4/7/2014 12:53:00 AM)


    Nice work here, though slightly disheartening. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 6, 2014

Poem Edited: Monday, April 7, 2014


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