Coromandel Fishers Poem by Sarojini Naidu

Coromandel Fishers

Rating: 3.3

Rise, brothers, rise; the wakening skies pray to the morning light,
The wind lies asleep in the arms of the dawn like a child that has cried all night.
Come, let us gather our nets from the shore and set our catamarans free,
To capture the leaping wealth of the tide, for we are the kings of the sea!

No longer delay, let us hasten away in the track of the sea gull's call,
The sea is our mother, the cloud is our brother, the waves are our comrades all.
What though we toss at the fall of the sun where the hand of the sea-god drives?
He who holds the storm by the hair, will hide in his breast our lives.

Sweet is the shade of the cocoanut glade, and the scent of the mango grove,
And sweet are the sands at the full o' the moon with the sound of the voices we love;
But sweeter, O brothers, the kiss of the spray and the dance of the wild foam's glee;
Row, brothers, row to the edge of the verge, where the low sky mates with the sea.

Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan 25 August 2013

Oh, what a delightful poem, with such easy grace of words and thought. These are words which can arouse a dead man. Simple and powerful imagery. The soft cadence of the words soothens the heart and brings solace to the human soul. Oh Nightingale of India, were you but alive today, I would have bowed before you and taken the dust of your feet. However, you still live in our heart, and will live on for ever.

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Mohammad Akmal Nazir 27 June 2011

I loved the poem. It was really unique in its universal approach. Sarojni Naidu was a painter poet. She painted a great picture of the anglers' daily strive in the sea very delicately. She was rightly called 'The Nightingale of India.'

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Manas Rastogi 15 August 2009

It's the poem I was looking for! It is a great poem and it is in my school's course!

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Ravi A 26 April 2009

This is like a marching song. The clarion call is clear. It will certainly wake up any sleeping heart. We all require such a clarion call. A well knit, crisp and precise poem. May her voice continue to wake up so many coming generations through this poem. She has indeed a very blest pen.

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Harparamjot Sahota 27 September 2012

I am delighted to read this poem after almost 20 years gap. I feel blessed today.

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Pravasthi 11 November 2020

I have this poem in my text book and it was so nice 😍 poem

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Kumudini 08 January 2020

Beautiful poem imbued with the spirit of the sea.

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Jessica denis 10 September 2019

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YEBOAH EBENEZER 09 August 2018

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Monica yensem 24 June 2018

Why do the fisherman consider the clouds as their brothers

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Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini Naidu

Hyderabad / India
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