Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal, India
Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal, India
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In The Street

Rating: 5.0
I was glad—

Pleasant night offered me an opportunity
To explore the flamboyant city:
Buildings were asleep beneath the silent starry sky,
Streets were trafficless—no wheels to hie.
Smokeless chimneys;
The benches in the park lay bare,
Swings hung childlessly—empty
And in the gelid winter air
Reigned an unusual serenity.

I was glad—

Then at the corner of a street,
On the steps of a shuttered-shop, him did I meet:
A half-naked scrawny man—too old and feeble—
His handsomeness faded away and ribs were visible.
The black lids were hiding his sunken eyes
And his broken health was emitting agonious sighs.

A bowl, by him, some proof of kindness holded
And a filthy half-eaten bread.

He was on the brink of senectitude,
But, perhaps, Fortune was undone with him yet,
So the Maker he did not meet.

I wanted to give him my
Costly warm wool sweater
But in such a city, things like this and people like this
Are just a common matter.

I, unworried I, easefully passed by.
I was glad.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Topic(s) of this poem: poverty
Notes: ''no wheels to hie'' = no car was there in the street.

''some proof of kindness...'' = the beggar's alms-bowl contains a few coins which he begged during the daylight sitting somewhere in the streets. And these coins are the ''proof of kindness'' as they show that some people are still kind to such a beggar.

The penaltimate stanza shows how the beggar's distressed condition touches the speaker's heart and makes him to do something for the beggar who's lying in the open air. The speaker wants to save the beggar from cold by offering him his(speaker's) warm sweater. But at last he also, like some other people, just avoided the beggar letting him suffer in the open air.
Dr Dillip K Swain 30 March 2018
A beautiful poem! I am startled with the way you express: Buildings were asleep beneath the silent starry sky, Streets were trafficless—no wheels to hie/Smokeless chimneys/The benches in the park lay bare/Swings hung childlessly—empty! The penultimate stanza provides rooms to the reader to think! I see a promising talent in you!
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Stuart Munro 28 January 2018
Everything I love about poetry Tapan delivers, another poem I really like
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Bipasha D 24 January 2018
I think you are a great poet in the making.
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Tom Billsborough 20 July 2017
Yes, you have worked on it well, Tapan. I'm very impressed. It is a very powerful piece.
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Sutputra Radheye 11 July 2017
I liked it. It's real good. Well written :)
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Tapan M. Saren 11 July 2017
Thank you for reading it.......
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Bri Edwards 28 June 2017
i guess the comment i left quite a while ago (i'm sure i did) got 'lost in the shuffle'. anyway, i'm putting the poet's name and the poem's link into July 2017's 'a showcase for and by PH poets'. Thanks. bri ;)
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Wild Flower 15 April 2017
This is a very accomplished poem, though I need some explanation of some lines..
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Michael Walker 02 April 2017
A promising beginning indeed. To reach out to a beggar, old and near death, is very charitable. To give away an expensive sweater is exceptional. A couple of small things: 'agonious sighs' should be 'agonised'. 'kindness holded' I think you mean 'kindness shown'.
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Anil Kumar Panda 03 January 2017
Very touchy. You can find him anywhere- railway platforms, stairs of city malls, under the bridges like that. Very nice poem to draw the attention of readers to his condition. Thanks for sharing Tapan.
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Susan Williams 03 January 2017
Tapan, I totally agree with Tom! I have lost touch with you and now I find you are posting major poetry! I shall not lose touch with you again. This is powerful, it demands our attention and it refuses to let go until it has sunk itself permanently into our consciousness or conscience. You delivered the shock treatment we deserve with those closing lines: I wanted to give him my one-thousand-rupee sweater But you know, in such a city, things like this and people like this are just a common matter. I was glad. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -a million stars and onto my favorite list this goes
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