Nissim Ezekiel

(16 December 1924 - 9 January 2004 / Mumbai / India)

Nissim Ezekiel Poems

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12. Night Of The Scorpion 3/28/2012
Best Poem of Nissim Ezekiel

Night Of The Scorpion

I remember the night my mother
was stung by a scorpion. Ten hours
of steady rain had driven him
to crawl beneath a sack of rice.

Parting with his poison - flash
of diabolic tail in the dark room -
he risked the rain again.

The peasants came like swarms of flies
and buzzed the name of God a hundred times
to paralyse the Evil One.

With candles and with lanterns
throwing giant scorpion shadows
on the mud-baked walls
they searched for him: he was not found.
They clicked their tongues.
With every movement that the scorpion made his ...

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