Dr.V.K. Kanniappan

Gold Star - 18,549 Points (17.10.1944 / Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India)

O' My Heart! You Pray And Appeal To The Lord! - Poem by Dr.V.K. Kanniappan

O' my heart! You pray and appeal to the Lord
..In the place known as ThiruvaiyaRu by calling

Him with your mouth before the frothing and spitting
..Through the mouth occurs due to the destructive disease

In the breathing cavities which makes you unable to walk
..Continuously and steadily, now and then sitting, and walking,

Fixing the stick with one hand for support and by bending
..The back, coughing with distress, taking stressful breathing!


This poem was sung by a Pallava King who was a devotee of Lord Shiva in the holy place known as ThiruvaiyaRu, in Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu. In the olden days, due to poverty and insufficient nutrition with poor sanitation, many people die of lung diseases for which there were no effective treatment. These people have to pray God either for the betterment or for a peaceful death.

Topic(s) of this poem: life

Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem 'O' my heart! You pray and appeal to the Lord! ' is a translation by me of a poem from Tamil literature ''KshEthra thiru veNpaa'.

குந்தி நடந்து குனிந்தொருகை கோலூன்றி,
நொந்திருமி ஏங்கி நுரைத்தேறி வந்துந்தி
ஐயாறு வாயாறு பாயாமுன் நெஞ்சமே
ஐயாறு வாயால் அழை.3 - சேத்திரத் திருவெண்பா

Comments about O' My Heart! You Pray And Appeal To The Lord! by Dr.V.K. Kanniappan

  • (1/27/2016 8:12:00 PM)

    I have visited Thiruavaiar in my youth. You have made a good translation of
    the psalm in Tamizh. I am a fan of Thyagaraja's 'kritis'. I believe the small house
    he lived in is still maintained. His 'samadi' is, of course, a centre for our classical
    music. I hope you can read my 'ode to Kavei', based on a song in a Tamizh epic.
    A. Madhavan
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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