Fred Babbin

Rookie (1925 / Chicago)

Ananda's Complaint - Poem by Fred Babbin

I am quite old, I look quite old.
I really cannot help it.
I do not smile so much, nor frown more than a bit,
But the look I have, I cannot see,
and really do not fathom.
Friends and strangers look at me,
ask me questions so my answers
will bestow the secret key
to a hidden mystery.
They are not pleased
when I don’t meet
all of their expectancy.
But a “look” is just a look,
And not reality.

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Comments about Ananda's Complaint by Fred Babbin

  • (1/16/2008 11:59:00 PM)

    Hell, I like this one. It calls to mind an oracle or divination that answers questions with other questions, or poses riddles instead of giving straight answers. Ananda's situation is not quite as bad as Cassandra's. People would not believe Cassandra's prophecies, and that must have been maddening.

    Of course the other side of the coin is that we all (supposedly) end up with the face we deserve. Does a neutral face like Ananda's show a lack of passion? Is a look truly 'just a look? '

    I dunno. But thanks for creating the atmosphere in which these questions might simmer.


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 11, 2007

Poem Edited: Sunday, April 24, 2011

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