Ananta Madhavan


A Day Is Long Enough To Ruminate - Poem by Ananta Madhavan

A day is long enough to make
Some room for rumination,
Even when waiting in a queue
To join the right queue or browse
Over an article or happenstance.

To read a book without interpreting
What we read is fatuous and futile.
For words make sense only if you feel
You are like the author, assaying words.
Anyway, it was good we passed or paused
Or parsed the message differently.

Topic(s) of this poem: author, readers, reading, words


Poet's Notes about The Poem

When we share an experience with a companion, like reading a book
or listening to music, or even conversing with a familiar friend, we
have to rely on words, but we must know that to understand a message
is to 'decode' it.Language is a code.Every decoding is another
encoding.

Comments about A Day Is Long Enough To Ruminate by Ananta Madhavan

  • Kevin Patrick (6/16/2019 9:57:00 PM)

    Language and communication, are what connect us and what divide us, with the way we humans interpret the meaning, its not just like crossing a bridge, its as if the road is unpaved and the structure is easy to sway. With poetry the semantics fluctuate so much that, what one person reads they interpret differently from someone else.

    This poem is a thoughtful analysis of the codes of language have on us. Well chosen poem of the day!
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  • (6/16/2019 8:57:00 PM)

    An innovative and introspective write that deserves poem of the Day. Heartiest congrats. (Report)Reply

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  • Ruta Mohapatra (6/16/2019 12:55:00 PM)

    Quite true! An interesting poem! Congrats on Poem of Day! (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (6/16/2019 12:49:00 PM)

    For words make sense only if you feel
    You are like the author, assaying words.
    Anyway, it was good we passed or paused
    Or parsed the message differently......so touching and true. Beautiful poem. Thanks and congratulations.
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  • Drtony Brahmin (6/16/2019 12:47:00 PM)

    For words make sense only if you feel
    You are like the author, assaying words.
    Anyway, it was good we passed or paused
    Or parsed the message differently. the day is long enough. very fine poem. tony
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (6/16/2019 8:57:00 AM)

    ...........but we must know that to understand a message
    is to 'decode' it.Language is a code.Every decoding is another
    encoding it. Absolutely, absolutely! CONGRATULATIONS on being chosen as The Member Poem Of The Day.
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  • Bharati Nayak (6/16/2019 5:30:00 AM)

    For words make sense only if you feel
    - - - - - - A great poem about 'reading', language, communication and interpretation where 'words' form the basis for communication between the author and reader, speaker and the audience.I too agree with what you say- '-to understand a message is to 'decode' it.Language is a code.Every decoding is another encoding.'
    Hearty congratulations for this poem being selected Poem of the Day for the second time.
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (6/16/2019 4:00:00 AM)

    beautiful poem and excellent note
    yeah; I agree with you- Language is a code.Every decoding is another
    encoding.
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  • Adeeb Alfateh (6/16/2019 1:38:00 AM)

    great-

    To read a book without interpreting
    What we read is fatuous and futile.

    yes;
    great 10++++++++++++++++++++++
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  • (6/17/2018 12:23:00 AM)

    I am immensely grateful to the readers of our Group for their gracious
    gift of caring to send in their views on my verse. This is what any
    author values. I thank the P-H managers for their hospitality to little known
    authors and for selecting this contribution of mine for special mention today.
    Best wishes and thanks. AM, Mysuru, Karnataka, India.
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  • Robert Murray Smith (6/16/2018 11:15:00 PM)

    Congratulations on your posting in this category.

    The whole point of writing is for each reader to apply their own unique minds to the task. Whether this results in what the author intended is problematic. That does not matter, for each reader must make their own sense of the write.
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  • Kim Barney (6/16/2018 9:13:00 PM)

    A different and unusual topic, but very well presented. Congratulations on having it selected as poem of the day! (Report)Reply

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  • Bharati Nayak (6/16/2018 7:00:00 PM)

    Language is meant for communication.In our day to day conversation when one person says something the listener must understand its meaning.Agreeing or disagreeing is a different matter. So also in literature, a reader should try to understand the writer's view point.But interpretations may differ while understanding poetry. (Report)Reply

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  • Bharati Nayak (6/16/2018 6:59:00 PM)

    To read a book without interpreting
    What we read is fatuous and futile.
    For words make sense only if you feel
    You are like the author, assaying words.
    Anyway, it was good we passed or paused
    Or parsed the message differently. _____Congratulations for being selected as Poet of the Day (Part-1)
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  • Kelly Kurt (6/16/2018 6:31:00 PM)

    Subjectivity, and the vain attempts to communicate the mind through words alone, is nicely represented here. Thanks, Ananta, and congrats. (Report)Reply

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  • Lyn Paul (6/16/2018 5:49:00 PM)

    A very different topic on thought. Read with great interest. (Report)Reply

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  • (6/16/2018 2:21:00 PM)

    To empathize with the author of a book or a poem is truly a great feeling. And what a gift from God! Ananta, Congratulations on Poem Of The Day! (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (6/16/2018 11:36:00 AM)

    Even an hour is enough. There is no meaning if we go on turning pages without understanding the words. So nice. Beautifully penned and Congrats. (Report)Reply

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  • Ruta Mohapatra (6/16/2018 9:00:00 AM)

    True! A writing appeals to us if we can understand it and relate to it. (Report)Reply

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  • Adrian Flett (6/16/2018 6:37:00 AM)

    'Words make sense only if you feel' and 'it was good we passed or paused' Thank you for revealing the complexity of life and feeling. We reject the generalization which is so destructive to all. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 21, 2018



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