Madathil Rajendran Nair

Gold Star - 26,723 Points (3rd December 1946 / Bombay, India)

I Walked A Tamil Street - Poem by Madathil Rajendran Nair

I walked a Tamil street
Inebriate
On an October evening
When a cloud hesitated overhead
Unable to rain
Lost in thoughts
Perhaps, God knows what

The North East monsoon is playing hide and seek
The weather bureau said
What could they say
About a thing unknown?
When forecasts go wrong
There are excuses numberless
That shelter and comfort
The evenings swelter

A lonely star, perhaps Sirius
Or Betelgeuse
From behind the clouds
Looked down on the street
Where two buxom beauties
Rushed on a scooter
Loaded with jasmine on their heads
To unknown beds
Infested with bugs
To share carnal pleasures
With their sweating boyfriends

A barking stray dog
His eyes wary
Sought friendship
Of everyone on the street
Wagging his tail

Men and women
Walked up and down
As in a dream
Oh, how humans could be
So somnambulist
In so much physical discomfort!

That is life
When ignorance drives
Why should men be any wise?
An unwanted demand
Of those who think themselves high

May I therefore seek
My bed of bugs
Somewhere here
Comforted by a solitary breeze
This October night
Watched by lonely stars
With friendly barks
Jasmine, sweat, beauties
Life needless to say
Is always beautiful
Who cares here to breathe the last
Unless that is thrust upon?

Topic(s) of this poem: life


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This happened to me just a few minutes ago!

Comments about I Walked A Tamil Street by Madathil Rajendran Nair

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (11/5/2015 12:15:00 PM)


    A fine travelogue in the form of a poem (Report) Reply

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  • Roop Rekha Bhaskar (11/2/2015 12:50:00 AM)


    Good sketch of the sweltering street, the throng of crowds, ladies their hair decked with flowers, rushing vehicles etc you covered almost all on this street. Sometimes even the offensive milieu is a part of life around us. I liked the street scene all along except the death part made me sad. But perhaps I know why you mentioned it. (Report) Reply

  • (10/30/2015 1:53:00 PM)


    'That is life
    When ignorance drives
    Why should men be any wise'- True words, a good read.
    R.C.Nair
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  • Valsa George (10/30/2015 4:48:00 AM)


    This poem sounds a little different from your usual stuff....... I am sure it is all imaginary!

    Oh, how humans could be
    So somnambulist
    In so much physical discomfort!

    I wonder why then you sought a bed there amid all such noise and commotion! Did I miss your point? ?
    (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (10/29/2015 2:15:00 PM)


    An engaging write, Madathil. I was swept up in the imagery and precise wording. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/29/2015 11:23:00 AM)


    Walking in Tamil street is very wise, wonderful and, memorable as perceived with interesting imagery. A thoughtful poem shared definitely...10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 29, 2015

Poem Edited: Monday, November 2, 2015


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