Koyamparambath Satchidanandan

(28 May 1946 - / Pulloot, Thrissur district, Kerala, India)

Cactus - Poem by Koyamparambath Satchidanandan

Thorns are my language.
I announce my existence
with a bleeding touch.

Once these thorns were flowers.
I loathe lovers who betray.
Poets have abandoned the deserts
to go back to the gardens.
Only camels remain here, and merchants,
who trample my blooms to dust.

One thorn for each rare dropp of water.
I don't tempt butterflies,
no bird sings my praise.
I don't yield to droughts.

I create another beauty
beyond the moonlight,
this side of dreams,
a sharp, piercing,
parallel language.

(Translated from the Malayalam by the poet)


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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 7, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, September 7, 2012


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