Makarand Paranjape

(31 August 1960 - / Ahmedabad, Gujarat / India)

In Lieu Of The Missing Poem - Poem by Makarand Paranjape

Dear Reader,

A poem at the centre of the collection,
Is missing, as you can gather.
To speak truly, its absence, equally
Baffles me. Did I lose it to computer virus
Or did the censor excise it;
Or were there only twenty-nine in all,
Making this the unwritten poem?
Or does this represent the overwhelmingly absent presence,
Suggesting, like nirvana or the impossible
Revolution, something that we strive towards,
But never attain-I mean, Love?
Thus it becomes all that I was unable to say,
The sunya in the heart of purna,
The cavity in the middle of the decentred
Text; in a word, the death of the self,
(Or instead of the missing poem, these sixteen lines.)


Comments about In Lieu Of The Missing Poem by Makarand Paranjape

  • Michael Walker (10/6/2019 7:03:00 PM)

    A missing poem is most annoying, particularly if a computer virus has caused it, or the censor has crossed it out.
    Your sixteen sparkling lines become the missing poem, I think.
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  • Drtony Brahmin (10/6/2019 2:16:00 PM)

    Thus it becomes all that I was unable to say,
    The sunya in the heart of purna,
    The cavity in the middle of the decentred
    Text; in a word, the death of the self, a very nice poem.. the death of the self. tony
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/6/2019 12:34:00 PM)

    Thus it becomes all that I was unable to say,
    The sunya in the heart of purna,
    The cavity in the middle of the decentred
    Text; in a word, the death of the self, ......much impressive. Beautiful poem. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the member poem of the poem of the day.
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  • (10/6/2019 11:10:00 AM)

    The poem penned in lieu of the missing one is quite interesting and in tune with modern age. Congrats for its selection as modern poem of the day. (Report)Reply

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  • Malabika Ray Choudhury (10/6/2019 7:55:00 AM)

    Lovely Poem!

    The sunya in the heart of purna - Impressive way of expression (if I correctly understand - using vocabulary from another language) !

    But never attain-I mean, Love? - True!

    Congratulations, Poet!
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (10/6/2019 5:08:00 AM)

    Missing Poems!
    oh by the virus!
    absent mind!
    such a way missing the love!
    such a way missing the heart!

    Poems are
    love, heart...............
    living long life

    absence of present
    by the virus of lazy
    the poems live far away........! !
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  • Ruta Mohapatra (10/6/2019 2:17:00 AM)

    Impressive! Congrats on poem of day! (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/6/2019 1:52:00 AM)

    " Something that we strive towards" !

    🤗 Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Dominic Windram (10/6/2019 1:23:00 AM)

    Wonderfully conceived and executed poem. It seems that Makarand Paranjape is suggesting that through art we can only hint at life's profound mysteries never fully capture them. Personally, I hate to lose any of my work...but this particularly enticing poem certainly makes up for the missing one! (Report)Reply

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  • Perdita Young (10/6/2018 9:53:00 PM)

    Did I lose it to computer virus
    Or did the censor excise it;
    Or were there only twenty-nine in all,
    Making this the unwritten poem?
    - -
    Online writing may have to to run the risk of missing and becomes non-existant again... Wonderful poem shared. Congratulations!
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  • Savita Tyagi (10/6/2018 7:59:00 PM)

    Wonderfully worded. All that couldn’t be expressed.....hidden or elusive. Congratulations. (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (10/6/2018 11:31:00 AM)

    The poem makes interesting reading. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Adrian Flett (10/6/2018 4:37:00 AM)

    Poets strive for the 'absent presence' - the impossible, but it does not deter. 'Did I lose it to a computer virus, Or did the censor excise it'; those lines stand out for me as such a beautiful blend of rhyme, rhythm and tone in a poem filled with deep thoughts.. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/6/2018 3:52:00 AM)

    This is really wonderfully written with a lot of metaphor and similes......well done Paranjape.....thanks for sharing....10++++ (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/6/2018 12:33:00 AM)

    Such a wonderful poem by Makarand Paranjape..................... (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Poem Edited: Wednesday, March 28, 2012


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