Gieve Patel

(18 August 1940 - / Mumbai / India)

Gieve Patel Poems

1. How Do You Withstand, Body? 12/30/2015
2. Poem 12/30/2015
3. Evening 6/19/2012
4. It Makes 6/19/2012
5. God Or 6/19/2012
6. Post Mortem 6/19/2012
7. Urban 6/19/2012
8. Squirrels In Washington 6/19/2012
9. Forensic Medicine 6/19/2012
10. From Bombay Central 6/19/2012
11. Old Man's Death 6/19/2012
12. Public Hospital 6/19/2012
13. On Killing A Tree 6/19/2012
Best Poem of Gieve Patel

On Killing A Tree

It takes much time to kill a tree,

Not a simple jab of the knife

Will do it. It has grown
Slowly consuming the earth,
Rising out of it, feeding
Upon its crust, absorbing
Years of sunlight, air, water,
And out of its leperous hide
Sprouting leaves.

So hack and chop
But this alone wont do it.
Not so much pain will do it.
The bleeding bark will heal
And from close to the ground
Will rise curled green twigs,
Miniature boughs
Which if unchecked will expand again
To former size.

No,
The root is to be pulled out -
Out of the...

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