Vinod Kumar Shukla

(1937 / Rajnandgaon, India)

A street in the bazaar - Poem by Vinod Kumar Shukla

A street in the bazaar,
A busy shopper,
Carrying a soiled
Slightly torn bag
In each hand,
One empty, one full.
Inside it, potatoes, leafy
Vegetables, a small packet
Of garam masala, and chillies,
Red or green.
How I wish I could've been
A ten-rupee note
And found shelter
In his bag.
But I was holed up
Inside my own.

Comments about A street in the bazaar by Vinod Kumar Shukla

  • Seamus O' Brian (10/10/2016 12:58:00 PM)

    I am not certain about the meaning of the 10 rupee note. Is this one impoverished soul looking upon another with a sense of beneficence, or is he portraying a sense of community anchored by the imagined dinner to come? Either way, it deftly captures an intimate and sensual perspective of the market. (Report) Reply

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  • (10/10/2016 12:22:00 PM)

    The poverty and the simplicity of life so beautifully expressed in this poem....voted 10. (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (10/10/2016 8:42:00 AM)

    A street in the bazaar by Vinod Kumar Shukla
    To embrace a poor person, truly by heart and feel for the person, is what one has to start with. When one gets the opportunity to make a sacrifice, one may do so. Quite touching. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (10/10/2016 6:17:00 AM)

    Brilliant narration of the soiled and torn bag carried by a petty shopper which is a common phenomenon in each street in any bazaar. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Muzafar Wani (10/10/2016 6:16:00 AM)

    Good Poem. Thanks for Sharing (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/10/2016 1:25:00 AM)

    Busy Street
    Walking along. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Poem Edited: Thursday, September 22, 2016

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