Simone Inez Harriman

Gold Star - 26,321 Points (03/05/1959 / New Zealand)

Bengal Tiger Belly - Poem by Simone Inez Harriman

Surplus requirement
To your insatiable appetite
You refused to chew
Or savour the taste of me
Indifferently I was swallowed whole
My affections undigested
Unrequited
Irretrievable now
Buried in the Ganges mud
Of your
Bengal tiger belly

Topic(s) of this poem: sadness, indifference, relationship


Comments about Bengal Tiger Belly by Simone Inez Harriman

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (5/4/2018 7:00:00 AM)


    Your inscription in this poem has nicely and painfully justified the title 'Bengal Tiger Belly' who may be a person that he in insatiable appetite swallows your affections and dreams. Brilliantly expressed.10 (Report) Reply

    1 person liked.
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  • Luo Zhihai (10/20/2017 6:06:00 PM)


    These were really the true moments awesome (Report) Reply

  • Denis Mair (9/1/2017 1:42:00 AM)


    Wolfed down and turned into a bolus. A warm glow in the gut fuels his regal pacing through the jungle.O if only a creature of ruminant tendencies had been on the scene at the right moment! However, if one's attributes draw on the beast of prey, the seeker of green succulence will be jostled out of the way. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (8/31/2017 11:06:00 PM)


    not only do i now see a typo...................in MY first comment from …..[could it be? ] ….just earlier this month(! ?) , but it sure was a cheap comment on my part. i wonder why. Hmm? this time my eyes actually widened after reading it and while reading it again. you poor baby! or whomever the 'speaker' is, imagined or real.

    and i read Susan's comment with increasing interest as well. i'm not sure which i liked better, the poem or the comment. but your poem is the focus here and it obviously inspired a female chauvinist to make crass*** comments about the Superior Sex: MEN! ! ! ………..i think she was thinking of Bri when she, Susan, mentioned “his amazing looks”. Do you agree? ?

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    CRASS:

    ***crass
    kras/
    adjective
    adjective: crass; comparative adjective: crasser; superlative adjective: crassest

    lacking sensitivity, refinement, or intelligence.
    the crass assumptions that men make about women
    synonyms: stupid, insensitive, mindless, thoughtless, ignorant, witless, oafish, boorish, asinine, coarse, gross, graceless, tasteless, tactless, clumsy, heavy-handed, blundering
    crass assumptions about women
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    note the example(s) given at the end of the definition and the ‘synonyms’!
    OBVIOUSLY they were written by a......(ugh!) woman! ! !

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    i've tried to make sense of Surplus requirement.

    Even though I’m a man, and we men ‘have to stick together’! ! ! , I’ll venture to guess that you, high and mighty WOMAN that you are, mean(t) the man allegedly took something from her, WITHOUT giving what she desired in return …………………….Such is life!

    . [[ of course I should NOT assume a heterosexual pair here. Could be two men, two women, one of each, OR even something else ………..these days! …………………..And WHY NOT! ? ]]

    I get that it is (almost) conceivable that Ganges river mud MIGHT be in a Bengal tiger’s belly, BUT UNLIKELY. BUT why use Bengal tiger? Is it something picked randomly to fill the role? I LIKE IT! ! ! !

    FAVORITE LINES:

    “You refused to chew
    Or savour the taste of me” heck, Simone, I wouldn’t refuse! ! ! ! I’d both “chew” AND “savour” ………………………………….aka “savor”! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! :) :)
    And

    “Buried in the Ganges mud
    Of your
    Bengal tiger belly” …………………I like the B/b alliteration!

    To MyPoemList! (if it is not there yet)

    Bri :) :)

    Thanks for entertaining this MAN, King of Breasts! I mean LION, King of Beasts! !
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  • Susan Williams (8/29/2017 5:29:00 PM)


    Such an amazing poem, Simone. The topic may be common due to the rather self-centered attitude of the human Bengal tiger who lies around and prowls around consuming every morsel that fell for his amazing looks and predatory eyes blinking lazily... There are several outstanding comments about your craftsmanship and innate spellbinding talent but since I can't match them I shall hush and read this again and again. 10++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (8/3/2017 1:00:00 AM)


    Doesn't Terry Craddock [see multiple comments below] ever SHUT UP! ! ! ?

    AND I though i was 'bad' enough! ! !
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    gee, this poem sounds like a one-sided relationship gone very bad!

    bummer! !

    probably just as well! ! !

    bri ;)
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  • Dr.tony Brahmin (3/23/2017 3:03:00 PM)


    Beautifull written. very expressive of giving yourself to the one whom you love without getting the affection in return. He is not able to chew. you gave yourself completely. pathetic situation and experience of many in this world. thank you (Report) Reply

  • (2/1/2017 1:57:00 PM)

    Bengal Tiger Belly
    This is brilliant! Yes, there are those times we find ourselves succumbing to charm and attention, only to find we are being consumed out of a force of habit or through that notorious insatiable appetite. Keen observation, and a great poem.. (Report) Reply

  • (7/24/2016 1:45:00 PM)


    Unrequited love, no longer consoled, how sad.
    thanks Simone
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  • Valsa George (3/19/2016)


    I was drawn by the title of the poem. Bengal tiger is India's national animal!

    A man of insatiable appetite, swallowing wholly your affection without chewing or savouring the taste. Naturally it will remain undigested.This poem is about loving someone completely without reserve and the pain of realizing that you are not loved in turn. More than the pain you feel, it expresses your indignation or resentment over his brute incapability in appreciating your love. A brilliant write!
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  • Brian Mayo (3/14/2016 10:55:00 AM)


    A truly inspired metaphor for the penultimate predator- - a heartless man. The stark last line steps into the poem without breaking a twig, but its impact hits us at full-speed, leaving the reader momentarily paralyzed. Excellent. (Report) Reply

  • (2/6/2016 6:16:00 PM)


    I feel bad because I think, was this what I was like with someone once, heavy...Lemme read the the others, Simone, I read ridiculously slowly, but then you're not waiting for anything, I go back over things, over and over (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (12/6/2015 3:27:00 PM)


    Bengal Tigers Stealth Silent Hunters

    when reading poetry
    we absolutely adore
    unexpected images

    exploding into exquisite
    expressions depicting defining
    emotive human feeling

    Bengal tigers
    race across pages
    through jungles

    mind steaming
    messages exotic
    stripes hiding

    hidden dangers
    hunger spicing
    hunted meals

    Bengal tigers
    hold mystic images
    incorporating

    purpose power grace
    innate survival cunning
    predatory intelligence

    dignity strength speed
    leaps separating boundaries
    stealth silent strides

    ephemeral killers
    apex invisible shadows
    ambush hunters

    Bengal tigers
    hold mystic images
    power grace intelligence

    dignity strength speed
    preys camouflage cunning
    killing ground selecting

    prey meal ready to ignore
    silent unseen stealth disappear
    or swift into motion explode

    hunt with precision efficiency
    devastating speed burst ability
    disappearing into topography

    symmetry cloaked invisibility
    destined due to skills prey tracing
    to mastery language predatory

    to swallow hunted intellect
    carnivore savours love at first bite
    with an appreciative appetite


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Bengal Tiger Belly' by Simone Inez Harriman.
    Dedicated to the poet Simone Inez Harriman.
    (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (12/6/2015 3:26:00 PM)


    Unexpected Runaway Poetic Images

    when reading poetry
    we absolutely adore
    unexpected images

    exploding into exquisite
    expressions depicting defining
    emotive human feeling

    wild Bengal tigers
    race across pages
    through mind jungles


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Bengal Tiger Belly' by Simone Inez Harriman.
    Dedicated to the poet Simone Inez Harriman.
    (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (12/6/2015 3:25:00 PM)


    Bengal Tigers Hidden Dangers

    Bengal tigers
    race across pages
    through jungles

    mind steaming
    messages exotic
    stripes hiding

    hidden dangers
    hunger spicing
    hunted meals


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Bengal Tiger Belly' by Simone Inez Harriman.
    Dedicated to the poet Simone Inez Harriman.
    (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (12/6/2015 3:24:00 PM)


    Bengal Tigers Leap Separating Boundaries

    Bengal tigers
    hold mystic images
    incorporating

    purpose power grace
    innate survival cunning
    predatory intelligence

    dignity strength speed
    leaps separating boundaries
    stealth silent strides

    ephemeral killers
    apex invisible shadows
    ambush hunters


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Bengal Tiger Belly' by Simone Inez Harriman.
    Dedicated to the poet Simone Inez Harriman.
    (Report) Reply

  • (12/6/2015 4:02:00 AM)


    Great use of chopped syntax poetry. Used and abused and drained of giving. Great poem. Thoroughly enjoyed the tone of this poem. It's not the style I personally write in. But, it is a style I enjoy. Very Ted Hughes in style and content. Well done (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (12/5/2015 9:22:00 PM)


    Bengal Tigers Stealth Killers

    Bengal tigers
    hold mystic images
    power grace intelligence

    dignity strength speed
    preys camouflage cunning
    killing ground selecting

    prey meal ready to ignore
    silent unseen stealth disappear
    or swift into motion explode


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Bengal Tiger Belly' by Simone Inez Harriman.
    Dedicated to the poet Simone Inez Harriman.
    (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (12/5/2015 9:21:00 PM)


    Tiger Symmetry Invisibility Strikes

    hunt with precision efficiency
    devastating speed burst ability
    disappearing into topography

    symmetry cloaked invisibility
    destined due to skills prey tracing
    to mastery language predatory

    to swallow hunted intellect
    carnivore savours love at first bite
    with an appreciative appetite


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Bengal Tiger Belly' by Simone Inez Harriman.
    Dedicated to the poet Simone Inez Harriman.
    (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (12/5/2015 9:20:00 PM)


    Hidden Hunger Hunts

    hidden dangers
    hunger spicing
    hunted meals


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Bengal Tiger Belly' by Simone Inez Harriman.
    Dedicated to the poet Simone Inez Harriman.
    (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 14, 2018


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