Kalyani Rajalingham (Married to Dr. Kane)


At The Fool's Fair - Poem by Kalyani Rajalingham (Married to Dr. Kane)

AT THE FOOL'S FAIR
By Kalyani Rajalingham


A man I found lost in battle

Sowed with weakness, bearded and brittle

How sober, how fallen

How greatly bitter to time's weapon



Won't you tell me what rotten sins

Have flushed your life and flatten'd your grins?



"Drench'd in wealth,

I lived the poet's mute and fancy theme

The king of the forest, Ah! The Wit at a fool's fair

Pleased with the many garland of flowers that adorn'd my neck

And the false friends that were buried beneath my crest

I was pronounced the dreamer of my fair land

And though glory, shine and wealth are still mine for the keeping

When old age so painfully sought my famished soul

The fools that fed my tramper'd ego

Have sought newer fields for their seeds to sow

Now, Words exquisitely thought and politely penn'd

Cannot pride of my genius, misguided and stranded

But grace the periods of my poetic fall

Into solitude as true foes lurk beneath it all

To cripple my polish'd hands where once these thorns perch'd

As I fell into the spring from whence I forthright sprung

Lost, as my body tamed my mind, As my thoughts enslaved my will

As the one turned against the other, sober and fallen

Bearded and brittle, Indeed I am the lost man



Thus into this world was I born,

Buried safely amidst wholesome thorns

Sowed for solitude to scorn"

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

In the modern day and age, many do not care for the old fashioned way or traditions/norms. However, they are what I value & cherish most; they are what I find this world has lost. The world may have evolved to live without them, but they are essential to my life. Many a problem of the modern world is self-imposed; we are the cause and the reason for our problems and thus must also suffer its consequences. Traditions and norms were not imposed for no reason, rather, they were enforced because they can help us avoid running off the curve. We may have much more freedom in the modern world, but there is no stability. This may be all right for a while, but on the long run, everyone looks for stability, a sense of security, at which point it'd be too late. Marriage nowadays comes hand in hand with divorce. In my opinion, there's no point to getting married if you can't walk with that special someone till the very end of your days no matter how hard, no matter what happens. In the process, you may only end up learning to perfect yourself.......Even if you get divorced, if you couldn't make the first one work, there's no reason why the second would work out...or the third..or the fourth....In the end, what are you left with? ? Nothing but hatred, fear and resentment towards life and love............People rush into things too fast these days...............then claim that life isn't fair........Which I find is ridiculous! .....It is the mind and the will that should tame the body and its thoughts not the other way around.........

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 11, 2013



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