Ramesh Iyengar

Freshman - 641 Points (15-03-1969 / Paramakudi)

Ayyanar Waits For A Year - Poem by Ramesh Iyengar

Ayyanar waits for a Year

God Ayyanar stands with a sickle and spear,
right outside the village limits.
Each Aadi Tamil month,
a set of pilgrims throng there.
Men, women and young adolescents.
sacrifice a goat, make sweet pongal,
break a coconut, show camphor flame
decorate Ayyanar with coloured, unscented flowers,
men chat money matters,
women spread rumours,
children play hide and seek under banyan tree,
till dusk brings darkness, telling them to leave,
packing up every tiny thing, they leave in a hired vehicle,
men leave garbage, leave unclean wastes.
Now, God Ayyanar is alone, uncared, unattended
looking at nothing, to wait for another Aadi month,
to bring his devotees again….
- - S. Ramesh

Topic(s) of this poem: social comment

Form: Blank Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Ayyanar is a rural deity, a pagan deity in Tamil Nadu (South India) This rural deity is worshipped in several cult forms and clans....A social satire on the lonely God...

Comments about Ayyanar Waits For A Year by Ramesh Iyengar

  • Bharati Nayak (11/15/2015 10:56:00 AM)


    Thought provoking poem.How lonely is the God who got so valuable offerings and left alone after people have gone? This feeling of being left is rally painful.Thanks for sharing the beautiful poem.- - - - - - - -10 (Report) Reply

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  • Seema Jayaraman (11/15/2015 12:31:00 AM)


    the two extremes of human attention.. one of complete devotion, attention, presence, cleanliness, offerings and the other of forgetting the minute the back is turned, neglect, littering, garbage .. seen in most temple gatherings in rural India.. but I didn't know that goat sacrifices are still done.. I thought sacrificial ceremonies were more more symbolic.. thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • (11/14/2015 10:50:00 PM)


    It is human tendency to worship god and promise a lot of offerings as if to barter some specific favors in return. It is with this mindset people throng to worship Ayyangar on specific days and dispersing there after leaving the deity alone. But how the God, creator of the universe can be left in solitary condition by mortal human beings?
    Nice poem, throwing light on human tendencies/psyche. Thanks for sharing.10 points.
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, November 14, 2015



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