Poor Man Eating Poem by Kaiser Haq

Poor Man Eating

Rating: 2.7


Were I a painter
I am sure
My signature theme would be
The title of this poem.
The sun races to the zenith,
Imperious as an oriental autocrat.
The poor man crouches
In imitation Tommy Hilfiger rags
In the dwindling shade
Of a denuded tree.

His hands cradle
A bowl of fired earth–
It could be an Ouija board
To conjure up goodies,
Courtesy of the weak of conscience.

And when they come,
How he falls to it!
Eyes focused in mystic concentration,
Left arm protectively around
The pile of comestibles,
As right hand shovels them
Into an eager mouth.

I would paint the scene
Over and over
In luscious oil:
The painted proliferation
Might work magic,
Converting seeming impossibility
Into palpable reality:

All the world’s poor
Men and women
Gathered as if on the mythic day
Of final reckoning,
On this lowly earth,
Devouring earthly fare:
O the gods would come down
To bless and share!

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Sravanthi gajula 08 May 2018

Plz put the summary of poor man eating, not an original text. I want summary of this poem

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Shiva 15 August 2022

Please send me summary

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Shajnin Akter 04 November 2020

Can you please put the summary and theme of this poem

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Rashed Ullah 28 April 2020

I want the theme and summary of this poetry

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Anusha 09 June 2019

Yes we want summary

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Urmila 25 May 2018

Plz..put the summary of liking it

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Dhaka / Bangladesh
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