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
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