V.Muthu Manickam

Veteran Poet - 1,682 Points (5th January / Peraiyur, Madurai District, India)

Bravery Is Customary! - Poem by V.Muthu Manickam

Bull taming is an ancient Tamil game of bravery
Hosted after the harvest festival as customary

A youth risks his own life
For the hand of a suiting wife

Girls watch it to select the match
Based on the bravery of the boy, to catch

Bull pumps with sharp horn
With full strength that is inborn

The young man is totally unarmed
Bull is never let to be harmed

Bull may become defiant
At the hands of an efficient

No bull ever dies
Nor even cries

Bull too waits for such a chance
To uphold fame of his owner with credence

Tho' men are at times injured or died,
None desires to be viewed as pitied

This Jallikattu was also depicted in the Tamil Sangam literature,
Dated between 200 BCE and 250 CE, as Tamil culture!

Topic(s) of this poem: bravery, bull, festival, love

Form: Couplet

Poet's Notes about The Poem

This relates to the Bull taming Festival conducted after Harvest in Tamilnadu, India since ancient time. Known as Jallikattu in Tamil.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 8, 2016

Poem Edited: Sunday, February 5, 2017

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