Arun Kolatkar Poems
- An Old Woman An old woman grabs hold of your sleeve and ...
- The Bus The tarpaulin flaps are buttoned down on the windows...
- Makarand Take my shirt off and go in there to do puja ? No ...
- The Indicator A wooden saint in need of paint
- The Butterfly There is no story behind it. It is split like...
- A Game Of Tigers And Sheep Who has the tigers and who the ...
- Scratch What is god and what is stone the dividing line if...
Arun Balkrishna Kolatkar (Marathi: अरुण बालकृष्ण कोलटकर) was a poet from Maharashtra, India. Writing in both Marathi and English, his poems found humor in many everyday matters. His poetry had an influence on modern Marathi poets. His first book of English poetry, Jejuri, is a collection 31 poems pertaining to a visit of his to a religious place with the same name Jejuri in Maharashtra; the book won Commonwealth Writers' Prize in 1977. His Marathi verse collection Bhijki Vahi won a Sahitya Akademi Award in 2005. His Collected Poems in English, edited by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, was published in Britain by Bloodaxe Books in 2010.
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An Old Woman
An old woman grabs
hold of your sleeve
and tags along.
She wants a ﬁfty paise coin.
She says she will take you
to the horseshoe shrine.
You've seen it already.
She hobbles along anyway
and tightens her grip on your shirt.
She won't let you go.
You know how old women are.
They stick to you like a burr.
You turn around and face her
with an air of ﬁnality.
You want to end the farce.
When you hear her say,
‘What else can an old woman do
on hills as wretched as these?'
You look right at the sky.
Clear through the ...