Koyamparambath Satchidanandan Poems

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1.
Gandhi And Poetry

One day a lean poem
reached Gandhi's ashram
to have a glimpse of the man.
Gandhi spinning away
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2.
Stammer

Stammer is no handicap.
It is a mode of speech.

Stammer is the silence that falls
between the word and its meaning,
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3.
The Last Goal

I, Zinedine Zidane,
the stranger you feel like stabbing
as the French sun dazzles you (1) ,
one with a different face and a different build
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4.
GANDHI AND POETRY

One day a lean poem
reached Gandhi's ashram
to have a glimpse of the man.
Gandhi spinning away
his thread towards Ram
took no notice of the poem
waiting at his door,
ashamed at not being a bhajan.
The poem now cleared his throat
And Gandhi glanced at him sideways
through those glasses that had seen hell.
"Have you ever spun thread?" he asked,
"Ever pulled a scavenger's cart?
Ever stood in the smoke of
An early morning kitchen?
Have you ever starved?"

The poem said: "I was born in the woods,
in a hunter's mouth.
A fisherman brought me up
in a cottage.
Yet I knew no work, I only sing.
First I sang in the courts:
then I was plump and handsome
but am on the streets now,
half-starved."
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5.
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,
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6.
The Mad

The mad have no caste
nor religion.They transcend
gender, live outside
ideologies.
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7.
Cactus

Thorns are my language.
I announce my existence
with a bleeding touch.
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8.
Invisible

I have never seen you;
may be I never will.
Still I know you are there,
like some unseen stars,
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9.
Daughter

I see my thirty-year old daughter
again as a six-month old.
I bathe her,wash away
the dust and muck
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10.
Misplaced Objects

In a flash I recall all the
misplaced objects of my life:
the ten lambent marbles
forgotten under the dry leaves
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