Gieve Patel

(18 August 1940 - / Mumbai / India)

How Do You Withstand, Body? - Poem by Gieve Patel

How do your withstand, body,
Destruction repeatedly
Aimed at you? Minutes,
Seconds, like gun reports
Tattoo you with holes.
Your area of five
By one is not
Room enough for
The fists, the blows;
All instruments itch
To make a hedgehog
Of your hide. It's your fate,
Poor slut: To walk compliantly
Before heroes! Offering
In your demolition
A besotted kind of love:
Dumb, discoloured,
Battered patches; meat-mouths
For monsters' kisses.


Comments about How Do You Withstand, Body? by Gieve Patel

  • Kevin Patrick (5/22/2019 11:57:00 AM)

    Some very vivid imagery, with dark and ugly undertones, good choice for modern poem of the day! (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (5/22/2019 11:14:00 AM)

    Thanks for sharing this poem. An excelllent poem, well worded, only I wish to stay out of the way. Too dangerous.
    Enjoyment is for all persons, so I have enjoyed either, just as an observer. CONGRATULATIONS on being chosen as The Modern Poem Of The Day.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/22/2019 11:05:00 AM)

    Room enough! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (5/22/2019 10:42:00 AM)

    Bitter truth indeed. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/22/2019 10:35:00 AM)

    A poem that makes the poet deserve felicitations (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (5/22/2019 3:51:00 AM)

    Offering
    In your demolition
    A besotted kind of love:
    Dumb, discoloured,
    Battered patches; meat-mouths
    For monsters' kisses. room enough for the fists and blows. tony
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (5/22/2019 12:26:00 AM)

    One of the best poems by Gieve Patel....................... (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Williams (1/19/2016 3:27:00 PM)

    Ouch! What he says has truth but what a hard truth to hear. I would rather retreat to more joyful verses and yet I am strangely drawn to his poetry (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, December 30, 2015



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