Madathil Rajendran Nair

Gold Star - 27,455 Points (3rd December 1946 / Bombay, India)

It Rained Heavily In Tucson - Poem by Madathil Rajendran Nair

It rained last night
Heavily in Tucson
The Rillito was in spate
Her gait was muddy
Like a temptress
Who had a nightlong orgy

I sat beside her
Watching her body sparkle
In demoniac frenzy
Moon-struck inebriate to the hilt

And then when I raised
My eyes to look
At the Catalina mounts
I found the image of a lady
Like in Victorian paintings
Holding her gown rushing
How sad we look at NASA images of Mars
Conjecture impossibilities!

And then beside her I did see
Hanuman-ji of one of my epics
Rushing past with a mount
On his left hand
To raise the ones who are dead

Imagery, alas, is subjective
And universal at the same time
Who pauses to nod in agreement
Only a very few
Who can transcend
Territorial fancies
And they are the hope
The world has to depend

It was a forenoon
When Victorian England
And ancient India
Converged to drink in
A moment of unparalleled beauty
On a land continents apart

I was the agency
I was happy
A jet passed by
In the skies
Perhaps from Phoenix
Leaving a silver trail
God knows who sat inside it
And if they shared my vision of beauty

No matter whatever
Those who carry
Beauty in their hearts
Will triumph forever

Tucson had night-long rain
Last night
She has swelled
To take in the whole universe
With me sitting
Beside her bowels
Muddy or whatever
In spate the Rillito river!

Topic(s) of this poem: beauty


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written this morning beside the Rillito river after night-long thunder showers.

Comments about It Rained Heavily In Tucson by Madathil Rajendran Nair

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (9/14/2015 5:25:00 AM)


    It rains heavily causing floods or it does not rain at all. Or it rains heavily in one place and it is drought elsewhere. You captured the heavy rains turning the river into turbid waters beautifully. Flowing full without a breach will be fine. (Report) Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/3/2015 11:44:00 PM)


    Marvellous depiction with excellent phraseology. A beautiful poem I like most. The favourite lines are ....No matter whatever
    Those who carry
    Beauty in their hearts
    Will triumph forever. Many thanks dear Nair sir, may God bring you happiness and beauty. .....10
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  • Roop Rekha Bhaskar (9/3/2015 7:03:00 AM)


    i saw beauty in the words. beauty in the rain, beauty the rain brought with it. i saw catalina mount and Hanuman too and if i was one of those in that plane that flew high, i would have had the same imagery too. but my pen would not have flowed so well as did yours. You brought the nature alive and added a new meaning to it too. I just loved it. and the comment on NASA - how true.
    Like in Victorian paintings
    Holding her gown rushing
    How sad we look at NASA images of Mars
    Conjecture impossibilities!
    I loved it and loved it... today is my lucky day. read two poems (another author) twice... thank you
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  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (9/2/2015 10:08:00 AM)


    Truly, those who carry beauty in their hearts will triumph forever
    As John Keats says, a thing of beauty is a joy forever
    A lovely romantic poem on nature
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  • Valsa George (9/2/2015 12:59:00 AM)


    The Rillito was in spate
    Her gait was muddy
    Like a temptress
    Who had a nightlong orgy

    Looking at the image given below I can imagine the ferocity of the rain and how the Rillito river ran in spate! An awesome write!
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  • Tushar Ray (9/1/2015 7:42:00 PM)


    An absolutely amazing poem becoming at one with mother nature describing in detail the poetic feelings with great analogies. The entire poem is flashing like a picture while reading and pondering. This is another great work of Madathil - thank you so much for sharing your insights! (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (9/1/2015 4:45:00 PM)


    An absolutely beautiful, profound and well written piece. Madathil. I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay here and have a safe trip home. (Report) Reply

    Madathil Rajendran Nair (9/1/2015 7:42:00 PM)

    Immense thanks, Mr. Kurt. The rains have elevated our spirits.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 1, 2015


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