Abdulrazak Aralimatti

He Was Better Than Me - Poem by Abdulrazak Aralimatti

They respect and honour me,
But dishonoured was he.
He was a man left all alone,
For his goodness, never shone.
He met me and said, 'O brother',
And we had a time together.
'I would quit my illness', he said,
'If you give me a moral aid.
He worried about his daughters,
As everything was spent on quarters.
He showed a great endurance,
Will, repentance and penance.
But before his total recovery,
Death seized him in his bravery.
They say, I am better than he,
But he was far better than me,
His illness was known to all,
And my, hidden, behind the wall.

Topic(s) of this poem: friendship

Form: Elegy

Poet's Notes about The Poem

A drunkard had made friendship with me to quit drinking but died.This poem is in his memory.

Comments about He Was Better Than Me by Abdulrazak Aralimatti

  • (7/24/2016 2:35:00 PM)

    This is life.
    you delivered emotions very well, and i am feeling myself in this poem
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  • Paul Sebastian (10/17/2015 5:09:00 AM)

    To see someone slip the chance of recovery while you were reaching out with moral aid is sad and disappointing. It is touching. God bless you for being such a kind soul to touch someone while he lived. Your deed is recorded in heaven. Your poem is inspiring and beautifully written. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (10/14/2015 12:23:00 AM)

    Superb poem! ! ! ! Inspiring and nice tribute to unknown personalities..........10++++ (Report) Reply

  • (9/10/2015 9:47:00 AM)

    you're crazy with your commas AA but i like this one. (Report) Reply

  • (8/25/2015 3:53:00 PM)

    A deeply sad tale, one that is extremely poignant and from the heart, this man can now live on in your words, and now he lives in my mind. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Melvina Germain (7/29/2015 1:45:00 AM)

    I think this poem shows and abundance of love and respect...Certainly a beautiful Elegy..... (Report) Reply

  • C. P. Sharma (7/19/2015 9:59:00 PM)

    Life is certainly better than death. It is scaring but for the brave it is a resting place. A very well crafted poem. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/3/2015 1:12:00 PM)

    He was a mn left all alone! Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (6/14/2015 9:13:00 PM)

    A comparing poem composed in a beautifully manner. Best phraseology. Thoughtful and imagery. Thanks for posting.....10 (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (4/2/2015 12:27:00 PM)

    A very poignant pen portrait of one who sought your moral support to surmount his worries and illness but succumbed to their pressure. The narrative brings alive the person and his life as well as your genuine concern for him. A relevant quote from the poem is a tell tale:
    He showed a great endurance / Will, repentance and penance
    But before his total recovery / Death seized him in his bravery.
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  • Geetha Jayakumar (4/2/2015 6:29:00 AM)

    A thoughtful write. You have portrayed two different characters very well. Death didn't give him enough time to recover and illness was known to all, but on other side illness remained hidden, but still have a longer life to recover.
    This poem reflects in many ways.
    I loved the way you presented it.
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  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (3/28/2015 12:45:00 AM)

    I like the honesty and frankness in this poem. Full mark (10) . (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (3/23/2015 2:07:00 AM)

    I feel sad for your friend. You are right about success. The person who struggles the most and succeeds in his endeavours is far more successful than the one whose life has always been a bed of roses. (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (3/17/2015 5:59:00 AM)

    A heart touching poem, very well wrote and beautiful as well...............................10 (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (3/16/2015 11:32:00 PM)

    life is such a touchy poem very nicely composed Abdulrazak (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 16, 2015

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