Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan

Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan
Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
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Give Me That Promotion, Sir!

Rating: 4.3
How are you, sir?

I was just passing by,
thought I might as well drop in
and enquire about your health, sir.
How is your stomach, sir, I am sure
by now it should be perfectly alright, sir.

And how is madam, sir
such a marvellous, gracious lady
I always look upon her as my mother, sir
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Give Me That Promotion, Sir!
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Topic(s) of this poem: dog,office
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
Poem is dedicated to the memory of the incomparable Shri A. K. Bera, PCGM, RBI.
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COMMENTS
Prabhata Kumar Sahoo 04 April 2017
It represents a well known community always murmer. Sir forgetting everything.It touched to me.
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Melikhaya Zagagana 01 March 2014
Schematic organizing with a high nose of an eagle setting its eyes high in the sky, beautifully sorted and intellectually informed Thanks i like it!
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Wahab Abdul 30 October 2013
You contestant people are so serious about the poetry contest conducted by poemhunter for 2013 that I see people made phone calls and send unsolicited spasm to each other and I am not left alone , but I had never asked any to vote for my poem ‘’unique ‘’ one, let alone to receive or make phone calls and I wonder how many people understood uniqueness of my poem ‘unique’ and its intrinsic and duality in meaning …simply every one went for the author for ‘’I ‘’ but this insinuates for the universe also , the poems which won prizes some are direct copy from the poems of Rabindranath Tagore (1913 Nobel prize winner) and other two are descriptive poetry without deeper meaning or have any significance or insinuations.
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Rekha Mandagere 26 October 2013
such funny characters are esteemed as high in our social order. It is really painful and ridiculous.There is so much irony which one can feel passing through your lines. It is a paintaking effort I know.
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Shiv Shanker Tiwari 25 October 2013
It is not just poem. It is a mirror for the present System. Present scinerion experience is well & excellently nitted by the Writer. He is an Asset to all of us. Thanks for giving me a previledge to my mere humble comment.
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Sulochana Satheesh 24 October 2013
Lovely and well crafted poem. This poem is an innovative representation of Superior-Subordinate relations in all offices. Also reminded me of the flattery Julius Caesar is subjected to in Shakespeare's famous novel of the same name. Congratulations
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H Prasad 24 October 2013
The poem is indeed excellent. Though critics might comment about repetitive usage of 'Sir', believe me, that word alone has made the poem very interesting. Congratulations and Best of Luck.
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Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan 23 October 2013
This is an experimental poem, quite different from my other poems. Of course, the theme is Sycophancy! ! The lines/stanzas of the poem embody a combination of the following: - (1) Actual dialogue between the narrator and his/her sir (2) the internal monologue of the narrator in the poem, and (3) the thoughts/comments of the independent observer/reader. This may appear surprising to many, but almost the entire dialogue/monologue I have actually heard in real life - in different contexts of course. I have personally seen Jimmys tail being praised in more flowery language than as modestly described in the poem. Of course, the poem is too long, almost verging on tedium. The repetition of sirs is almost jarring. The dialogue often appears extremely irrational. But that is exactly what the poem tries to convey: - the long-winded, irrational, repetitive, jarring and boring supplications of a sycophant - which everybody can easily see through BUT which everybody ultimately falls prey to. The sycophant very well knows that. He knows that people do not really like him for his pestering, but he also knows that ultimately his heart's desire will get fulfilled..... |
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Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan 23 October 2013
I thank all the readers who have submitted their thoughtful comments below. Special thanks to Ravindran Nair for his deep, incisive analysis. I wrote the poem in about 40 minutes in a single go, with very little editing thereafter. I wanted to confine the poem to 40 lines, but my friends who read it, suggested that I keep the poem as it is, and not to bother about the contest. However, in future editions, the poem will be revised and pruned on the valuable feedback received from all readers! ! I request all readers to vote/rate it exactly on its merit.
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Ravindran Nayar 23 October 2013
I would have liked the poem had it been halved in size. Also, in its 64 lines there are as many as 43 'sir's. Even for a self-seeking sycophant, this is a little too much and a trifle jarring. The poet could well have forcefully conveyed the message through subtle references to some, or all, members of the superior officer's family, as also the dog, instead of going to such detail as rendered..As for Jimmy, I think the narrators's references are stretched too far, to the point of tedium. Perhaps with a further revision, or two, this could have been made a very good poem. Best Wishes, Ravindran Nayar
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