Koyamparambath Satchidanandan

(28 May 1946 - / Pulloot, Thrissur district, Kerala, India)

Poetry Will Come - Poem by Koyamparambath Satchidanandan

We need rice, salt,
chilly, firewood;
we can do without poetry.
Yet poetry will come back
like rice,
the seed of the earth,
boiled and cleaned of husk and bran,
overflowing every measure
every granary and godown;
like salt,
the memory of the sea,
watering our mouths,
burning us with pain
in order to heal our wounds,
nourishing our roots;
like chilly,
the lust of the clay,
turning hot our lips, tongues,
breasts, waists, veins and nerves;
like the firewood,
the bones of the forest,
their marrow melting sizzling
burning slow with tiny flames,
chanting, in a single breath,
rice salt chilly firewood poetry.

(Translated from Malayalam by the poet)

Comments about Poetry Will Come by Koyamparambath Satchidanandan

  • (11/27/2018 10:13:00 PM)

    We tend to sing with the poet,
    Poetry will come
    Watering our mouths,
    burning us with pain
    in order to heal our wounds,

    Eulogies to poetry is the essence of this poem..
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  • (10/24/2018 10:12:00 AM)

    Poetry, poetry of the stomach, the fire of the belly, human want and necessity, wants he to write? How rice is produced from de-husking it? How is it reaped and gleaned? How is salt gathered? How the logs come from the woodlands? Lenin, Stlain and Marx engage him in full. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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