Keki Daruwalla

(1937 - / Lahore / British India (Pakistan))

Keki Daruwalla Poems

1. Notes From The Underground 3/28/2012
2. Alexander Crosses The Hellespont 3/28/2012
3. A Take-Off On A Passing Remark 3/28/2012
4. The Poseidonians 3/28/2012
5. Al-Azhar Lecture 3/28/2012
6. Bars 3/28/2012
7. Migrations 3/28/2012
8. Underwater Notes 3/28/2012
9. Wolf 3/28/2012
10. Map-Maker 3/28/2012
11. Fish 3/28/2012
12. Suddenly The Tree 3/28/2012
13. Sappho To Aphrodite 3/28/2012
14. Before The Word 3/28/2012
Best Poem of Keki Daruwalla

Before The Word

Corn is great, on the cob or otherwise,
but before corn in the ear there was life.
Fire is holy especially for Zoroastrians,
but before fire too there was life.
Before the bowstring and the flint arrow sang,
there was life.

The word is great,
yet there was life before the word.
We can't turn romantic and say
we were into bird speech or river-roar then,
into the silence of frost
or the language of rain.
But forest speech and swamp speech
came through easier to us.
When lightning crashed,
the cry of the marsh bird was our cry, ...

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