Koyamparambath Satchidanandan Poems
- How To Go To The Tao Temple Don't lock the door. Go lightly ...
- Stammer Stammer is no handicap. It is a mode of ...
- Gandhi And Poetry One day a lean poem reached Gandhi's ...
- Cactus Thorns are my language. I announce my existence with...
- Daughter I see my thirty-year old daughter again as a ...
- Misplaced Objects In a flash I recall all the misplaced ...
- Granny My granny was insane. As her madness ripened into ...
K. Satchidanandan is a major Indian poet and critic, writing in Malayalam, and English. Satchidanandan has established himself as an academician, editor, translator and playwright.
Born in central Kerala, he was a Professor of English and Editor of Indian Literature, the journal of the Sahitya Akademi (India’s National Academy of Literature) and the executive head of the Sahitya Akademi for a decade (1996–2006) He has to his credit 23 collections of poetry besides many selections, 16 collections of translations of poetry and 21 collections of essays on literature, language and society-three of them in English- besides four plays and three travel narratives. He has 25 collections ... more »
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How To Go To The Tao Temple
Don't lock the door.
Go lightly like the leaf in the breeze
along the dawn's valley.
If you are too fair,
cover yourself with ash.
If too clever, go half-asleep.
That which is fast
will tire fast:
be slow, slow as stillness.
Be formless like water.
Lie low,don't even try to go up.
Don't go round the deity:
nothingness has no directions,
no front nor back.
Don't call it by name,
its name has no name.
No offerings: empty pots
are easier to carry than full ones.
No prayers too: desires
have no place here.
Speak silently, if speak...