Dr.V.K. Kanniappan

Gold Star - 22,909 Points (17.10.1944 / Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India)

On The Back Of My Front Seat In The City Bus! - Poem by Dr.V.K. Kanniappan

When I noticed the message of love
by one Dhinesh to one SaraNya scribbled
on the back of my front seat in the city bus,

I imagine and deliver from my mind
a fair complexioned young boy Dhinesh
with soft sprouting hairy mustache

and a slim fair and lovely SaraNya
with double plait with a smiling face
and wandering eyes like marooned deer!

At least a few people who sat
and traveled earlier in this seat
would have imagined and delivered

various Dhinesh and SaraNya
in different forms and shapes
like fair and dark, thin and stout!

My imaginary Dhinesh and SaraNya
are sitting and studying in the benches
of XII th standard in a high school, I hope!

I am worried now and thinking…! What about
other multitudes of Dhinesh and SaraNya?
What do they do now effectively and fruitfully?

Topic(s) of this poem: love

Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem 'On the back of my front seat in the city bus! ' is a translation of a Tamil poem by Poet A.Paari.

பேருந்துப் பயணங்களில்

எனது முன் இருக்கையின் பின்புறத்தில்
யாரோ ஒரு தினேஷ்
யாரோ ஒரு சரண்யாவுக்கு
தன் காதலைத் தெரிவித்திருந்ததைக் கண்டதும்

மாநிறமாக, அரும்பு மீசையோடு
ஒரு தினேஷையும்,
சிவப்பாக, ஒல்லியாக,
ரெட்டை ஜடையோடு ஒரு சரண்யாவையும்.

முன்பு இந்த இருக்கையில்
ஒரு சிலரேனும்
கறுப்பு, சிவப்பு, குண்டு, ஒல்லியென
வெவ்வேறு தோற்றத்திலான
தினேஷ்களையும் சரண்யாக்களையும்
பிரசவித்திருக்கக் கூடும்.

எனது தினேஷ§ம் சரண்யாவும்
தற்போது பன்னிரண்டாம் வகுப்பில்

மற்ற தினேஷ்களும் சரண்யாக்களும்
இப்போது என்ன செய்து கொண்டிருப்பார்கள்? - அ.பாரி

Comments about On The Back Of My Front Seat In The City Bus! by Dr.V.K. Kanniappan

  • (11/17/2015 5:50:00 AM)

    A meaningful poem. The scribbled message on the back of the front seat must be ai work of some adolescent, a 12 th std student as pointed out. The stage in life known as phase of rebellion is that way very dangerous. The boys and girls under it think themselves as some thing special even like superman and waste their energies in useless things. Being victims of infatuation they scribble such messages too and unless they take corrective measures and balance themselves, they may be losers in long run.
    Very sensitive social theme used. Enjoyed poem. Thanks for sharing.10 points.
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    (11/17/2015 8:54:00 AM)

    I am very much thankful for the elaborate analysis and comment.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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