Meena Kandasamy

(1984 - / Chennai / India)

Fire - Poem by Meena Kandasamy

Black satanic fumes
shroud the blank blue skies
in puffing jet black soot;
few flashy cameras record
glimpses of destruction
(for tomorrow's papers) ...

Our huts are burning—
Regular huts in proper rows.
Dry thatches (conspirators-in-crime)
feed the flames as we rush out
shrieking-crying-moaning
open mouthed hysterical curses
and as if in an answer—
when the blazing work is done
Fire engines arrive...

Deliberately late.
These feverish cries continue
in the same shrilly pitch
echo, echo, echo and
finally reach...

Up there.
Reverberate and sound as loud
as snail shells crackling under nailed boots
and perhaps as distinct and defenseless.
This double catastrophe projected in sights
and shrieks evokes...
No response.

Those above are (mostly) :
indifferent bastards.


Comments about Fire by Meena Kandasamy

  • Lea- Beima Dorestin (12/29/2017 6:11:00 PM)

    Powerful visual imagery brought out through great diction.
    I applaud you fellow poet
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  • Lea- Beima Dorestin (12/29/2017 6:07:00 PM)

    Powerful visual imagery brought out through great diction.
    I applaud you fellow poet!
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  • Glen Kappy (12/29/2017 9:42:00 AM)

    p.s. meena, you remind me in your writing of poet naomi shihob nye. if you don't already know her, i think you'll like her. -gk (Report)Reply

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  • Glen Kappy (12/29/2017 8:53:00 AM)

    Meena, if you read this, first I want to say I’m impressed with your writing craft, the vividness of your images—Dry thatches (conspirators-in-crime) and Reverberate and sound as loud as snail shells crackling under nailed boots—most stand out to me. Your passion, intensity, permeate this poem. Good stuff! -Glen Kappy (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (12/29/2017 7:07:00 AM)

    A sad reality indeed of the present time. Nicely done. Congrats. (Report)Reply

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  • B.m. Biswas (12/29/2017 3:44:00 AM)

    Brilliant depiction, congratulations. (Report)Reply

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  • B.m. Biswas (12/29/2017 3:43:00 AM)

    Congratulations, yes the reporters collect news only.....to make their companies rich and the fire does its work.... Irony.... Nice piece. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/29/2017 3:42:00 AM)

    Congratulations, yes the reporters collect news only.....to make their companies rich and the fire does its work.... Irony.... Nice piece. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/29/2017 2:18:00 AM)

    The furnace of Satanic cruelty as the today's reality being depicted brilliantly...........outstanding piece.........
    thanks for sharing
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/29/2017 1:22:00 AM)

    Meena, such a brilliant write... congrats for being chosen...10+++ (Report)Reply

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  • Sona Wilae (12/29/2017 12:39:00 AM)

    What a fierce imagery that evokes anger. I am touched and sad. Expertly penned. (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (12/29/2017 12:28:00 AM)

    Horrors of a frightening inferno where everything is charred before help could reach.
    This is really heart wrenching. Thanks.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/29/2017 12:11:00 AM)

    Black satanic fumes! ! With the wickedness of mankind on earth. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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  • Ravindran Govindaraju (9/11/2013 1:36:00 AM)

    Oh my! brings me a nostalgia of a past..a dharmapuri../ kizvenmani..or kizvenil..]
    Thanks for this poem, which brings me my ire.at height..
    Opened mouth curses .... why all is at fraught, never reaches those..?
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Poem Edited: Wednesday, June 20, 2012


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