Indira Renganathan

Ability-1 - Poem by Indira Renganathan

She's treading on still..

As has been so far
Deafly unconcerned
Along a road, in the cab, in the shop
Unbeaten by deafening noise
Unbothered of scolding, mocking, joking, shirking

Others blaring in
searching a piece of sound
Fathoming her ears

Unknowingly that

She the queen
Her dictatorship bejeweled, bedecked
Slamming everybody at her feet
Her best familial way
Despite a deaf, illiterate

Unknowingly about

Her sovereign cognition
Of kitchen and as well of her nation
Despite a deaf, illiterate

Unknowingly that

She the most unconcerned of herself
Devoid of aid any her hearing-loss
Yet can talk on M.S.Subbalakshmi
Despite a deaf, illiterate

Unknowingly that

She the shepherdess of the infernals
Where she's treading on still..
The bold and deaf ninetyfive
To the inkling sound of silence
Treading on still..

Comments about Ability-1 by Indira Renganathan

  • Savita Tyagi (12/26/2017 8:37:00 AM)

    Hats off to that marvelous lady and the poetess. Great societies are made due to existence of such women. She commands reverence like that of mother goddess. (Report) Reply

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  • (11/25/2017 10:43:00 PM)

    I repeat the version of the esteemed poet below who has rightly pointed out the charismatic stance of the Iron lady for whom age has just been a number! I salute the century old towering lady and the brush that has sketched the portrait! I would like to quote some fascinating lines here: She the most unconcerned of herself/Devoid of aid any her hearing-loss/Yet can talk on M.S.Subbalakshmi/Despite a deaf, illiterate. Superbly penned dear madam, absolutely wonderful! Many congratulations! ! (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (9/25/2017 10:54:00 PM)

    Abilities of a woman who has tightly fixed her lips, who listens to many disturbing words but ignores, who watches many pain giving things but like an unconcerned passerby. Still performing her duties, though at this age she is not under any obligation to perform it at the age of 95, still a constitutional head of her home, widely loved and respected. What a great queen is she! How great is the poetess who wrote a lovely poem on her, whether she is Quenn Elizabeth II or just an ideal house wife, a mother and a grand mother. I salute to that great woman, whoever she may be. (Report) Reply

    Indira Renganathan (9/29/2017 11:21:00 AM)

    Thank you Akhtar...this lady is my husband's aunt only whom I used to admire very much...though she is no more now I still cherish the days I spent with her....thanks again and God bless you

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/20/2016 8:54:00 AM)

    To the inkling sound of silence. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Vidi Writes (10/5/2009 10:40:00 AM)

    Her stride with abilities, inspite of being deaf and illiterate
    Where have 'others' went wrong...? ? ! ! !
    Dear poet, you pose a question to all of us.

    We need to know what to listen
    What to take cognizance of
    Else the pace will limp and shamble.

    Ability... seen here.... probes me more
    So much to perceive...
    I just love this write for its ability to take readers beyond...
    (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Martyres (9/27/2009 4:29:00 PM)

    Yes I have to agree...she just goes on - a very poignant piece but so representative of our society 10 (Report) Reply

  • (9/27/2009 12:04:00 PM)

    ...and she goes on...none or nothing can stop her! (Report) Reply

  • (9/21/2009 11:23:00 AM)

    treading on well you start your poems mam...woman until recently never had any
    legal inheritance from their parents...woman inherit different wealth and their ability is something man can never ever match...great poem...10
    please read and rate my poem
    'all about money'
    'am an arrogant poet'
    'a survival plan'
    (Report) Reply

  • (9/21/2009 11:09:00 AM)

    veiled ability could be perhaps about a character you admire, are very eloquent on her qualities...thanks... (Report) Reply

  • (9/8/2009 3:32:00 AM)

    Firstly i would like to offer
    my profound regards and gratitude for
    sparing time, reading and commenting on my work.

    'Ability', comes across an extremely powerful work.
    It makes me wonder, as to whom this poem has
    been written about.
    (Report) Reply

  • (9/1/2009 12:41:00 PM)

    good poem..very provoking..
    well done
    (Report) Reply

  • (8/11/2009 5:45:00 AM)

    thought provoking........thnks (Report) Reply

  • Sathyanarayana M V S (7/31/2009 4:40:00 AM)

    I see true Indian faminism in this poem as compared to what Maya Angeola wrote in her Phenomenal woman. The real pride of being a woman lies in in upholding the dignity of womanhood. I tried to say the same in my poems LIVING IDOL and HOLY TRINE. Let us all bow to the Mighty Audi Parashakthi, our Holy mother. (Report) Reply

  • (7/9/2009 11:19:00 PM)

    That's the ability n confidence we mortals wud like to seek (Report) Reply

  • (6/19/2009 8:18:00 AM)

    ''She the most unconcerned of herself
    Devoid of aid any her hearing-loss''
    a wonderful woman's cognitive portrait, used as a data point to help determiner her best-fit personality type.The poem is an excellent message.....10+++
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  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (6/15/2009 5:19:00 AM)

    She the shepherdess of the infernals
    Where she's treading on still..
    The bold and deaf ninetyfive
    To the inkling sound of silence
    Treading on still........ oh what lovely imagination and full of truth....10

    read mine queen without crown and king does no wrong
    (Report) Reply

  • (6/14/2009 10:33:00 AM)

    a beautiful work, well done. (Report) Reply

  • Ashraful Musaddeq (5/13/2009 12:29:00 PM)

    Indira, this is a beautiful work with much depth in sense.
    (Report) Reply

  • Ravi A (4/16/2009 11:05:00 AM)

    A fine work. Hemingway's message through 'The old man and the sea' is clear - Man can be defeated but never destroyed. The central character of the poem justifies this. Yes. If you see the mental capacity of old generations, it is something incomparable. We have to learn many things from our older generations. Their inner strength was far more than what we could ever imagine. Far from the din of the world, they led a peaceful life, accepting the variety of life without a prejudiced heart. This is what we should try to copy in our life. (Report) Reply

  • (4/4/2009 10:51:00 AM)

    she seems oblivous to what is unimportant, and very tuned in to what is (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 22, 2008

Poem Edited: Monday, September 21, 2009

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