Rajaram Ramachandran

Gold Star - 14,775 Points (13-7-31 (see reverse) / Chennai born, now at Juhu, Mumbai, India)

A Driftwood I'M - Poem by Rajaram Ramachandran

I'm a broken, dropout, driftwood.
For any use, I feel, I'm no good.
I was, once, part of my mother-tree,
But I'm a fallen branch, now born free.

To her trunk content, from the nearby river,
She sucked up and kept a reserve of water.
She gave me all the nourishment
And kept me, ever, in merriment.

I shook my leaves, fresh and green,
When the cool air washed me clean,
As a sign of my life, before the world
To show, I was still in my mother's hold.

Children took me for a springboard,
And for a swim in the river jumped.
The village women, in their usual gossip,
Stood in the water to their neck deep.

With their buffaloes in water, the village men
Scrubbed the animals' back, eyeing the women
With a seen-unseen, cunning-gentle, look
As they were busy in the bath they took.

One night, the sky was thick with dark dense cloud,
That brought a storm, with the rain that followed.
The hands of the storm knocked me down,
And I was thrown into the river with my joints broken.

A driftwood now I'm, an outcast from my family,
In search of my future course helplessly.
Near the bridge, my halt before the whirlpool
Gave me a new experience, really wonderful.

The force of water tossed me up and down
And painted my trunk with foams brown.
A sudden flush of water pushed me forward,
And my onward journey again started.

What a pleasant jolly ride I had thereafter.
On my back, the birds took their shelter,
As if a boat festival for them to enjoy,
Also for me to share their joyful company.

To a destination unknown, I went ahead
And about my future, I was unconcerned.
By now I was rid of my leaves one by one
As the blades of water shaved me clean.

Slowly, I got sidelined into a sluice gate,
I was stuck up to find what next was my fate?
The Supervisor brought his four men,
And pulled me up from the water then.

In the riverbed, I was lying, for days,
Left to be dried up by the sun's rays.
The passing dogs raised their legs,
And pissed over me wetting my sides.

A pair of thieves, one day, chalked out their plan,
Sitting on my back, for a night-loot clean.
For a place of gossip, the old men of the town,
Took me for a crude bench, by the fall of the Sun.

One day, I was carted and sold to a Landlord.
He kept me by the side of his house backyard.
To tie his cow, the milkman roped me around.
And what a convenient place he found?

The Lady of the house kept an eye on me,
To cut me into pieces and use me
As firewood, to save her fuel expense.
Which drove me sad and tense.

Thank God! The Landlord, with his taste
For the art, looked at me not as a waste.
He chiseled my edges here and there
And gave me a fine polish all over.

In his drawing room, as a piece of art,
And a center of attraction, I was kept.
The visitors said I was so beautiful
That I was more like a sea turtle.

Whatever be my shape before their eyes,
To my good luck, I wasn't turned into ashes.
With the benevolent mercy of my Boss
I was saved from a terrible loss.

A tiny atom also has a role to play
And it has a place in the world to stay.
So, give every little thing its due importance
And allow it to have its own chance.


Comments about A Driftwood I'M by Rajaram Ramachandran

  • (9/6/2008 7:04:00 AM)


    A drifting style of narration here...drifting smooth no blocks or stops any where in the midst...journey of life figuratively poetized...10/10 (Report) Reply

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  • everything has a name but me (7/13/2008 2:07:00 PM)


    Dont we all feel like driftwood at one time or another? How merciful is God to make us into something new. A new creation. (Report) Reply

  • (7/6/2008 4:32:00 AM)


    Greatness of God's creation, I see beautifully brought out! (Report) Reply

  • Malini Kadir (5/29/2007 1:05:00 AM)


    I'm a broken, dropout, driftwood.
    For any use, I feel, I'm no good.
    I was, once, part of my mother-tree,
    But I'm a fallen branch, now born free..........

    Free to impersonal traverse the world
    Free to go where time does lead
    Free to leave little twigs of thought
    But I am a fallen branch, now born free.....
    to.poetry my self dedicate! ! .................lovely your verse
    (Report) Reply

  • Elysabeth Faslund (4/21/2007 9:06:00 PM)


    I am very curious as to how old you were when you wrote this work...though, as all can see...it is a timeless work. The narrative poems, with their alliteration, consonation, you have absolutely no problems with at all. Whereas I sometimes plague my poems with too many meanings, you tell the story cleanly and, again, timelessly. Very good. (Report) Reply

  • (1/13/2007 5:44:00 AM)


    'A tiny atom also has a role to play
    And it has a place in the world to stay.
    So, give every little thing its due importance
    And allow it to have its own chance.'

    How true that is! ! How people can grow if they are seen...Thank you for a beautiful poem-Pia
    (Report) Reply

  • (7/25/2006 12:47:00 AM)


    Your style of writing is unique. I like this poem

    Anjana
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  • (7/17/2006 6:39:00 PM)


    i, like the limb, am scared of change, and of leaving all that is familiar, but i know that God will help me through it, and save me, just like the driftwood. thank you. (Report) Reply

  • (6/13/2006 7:48:00 PM)


    This is quite the poem! I enjoyed it immensely. I like your style of writing, it's very unique.
    ~Sincerely, Sara Stowell
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  • (12/9/2005 12:18:00 AM)


    A great pastoral symphony of words. (Report) Reply

  • (11/21/2005 8:34:00 AM)


    Dear Rajaram, Your poetry has wit, wisdom, charm and warmth. You are a keen observer of life. I appreciate your work. Thank you for liking my poem, 'Something So
    Fine'. I treasure your comment.Regards, Sandra Fowler
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  • (9/3/2005 5:08:00 AM)


    Wonderful story and great message Rajaram. Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, August 10, 2003

Poem Edited: Sunday, July 26, 2009


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