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Kamala Das

Punnayurkulam, Thrissur District in Kerala
Kamala Das
Punnayurkulam, Thrissur District in Kerala
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Relationship

Rating: 3.7
This love older than I by myriad
Saddened centuries was once a prayer
In his bones that made them grow in years of
Adolescence to this favored height; yes,
It was my desire that made him male
And beautiful, so that when at last we
Met, to believe that once I knew not his
Form, his quiet touch, or the blind kindness
Of his lips was hard indeed. Betray me?
Yes, he can, but never physically
Only with words that curl their limbs at
Touch of air and die with metallic sighs.
Why care I for their quick sterile sting, while
My body's wisdom tells and tells again
That I shall find my rest, my sleep, my peace
And even death nowhere else but here in
My betrayer's arms...
Kamala Das
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COMMENTS
Kumarmani Mahakul 18 March 2020
My body's wisdom tells and tells again That I shall find my rest, my sleep, my peace And even death nowhere else but here in My betrayer's arms... touching expression with impresive theme. Beautiful poem.
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Bill Cantrell 06 February 2019
What a jewel of a poem both in uniqueness and something of a personal nature in between the lines, I see why you are ranked so high among the top poets, bravo! !
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Edward Kofi Louis 06 February 2019
Once i knew not his form! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Savita Tyagi 06 February 2019
A superb poem from a great Indian poetess. With a touch of philosophical thought it brought the union of Shiva and shakti to mind. Their desire the cause of creation carrying all the nuances of love.....in a beautiful poetic expression.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 06 February 2019
Conviction in the relationship is superb.
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Dr Dillip K Swain 06 February 2019
Why care I for their quick sterile sting, while/My body's wisdom tells and tells again/That I shall find my rest, my sleep, my peace....sparkling expression! I have read almost all of your poems carrying great impact! I congratulate you the great Indian poetess!
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Dr Antony Theodore 06 February 2019
Betray me? Yes, he can, but never physically Only with words that curl their limbs at.... kamala das the great indian writer.. fine poem. tony
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Tom Allport 06 February 2019
A poem of we cannot help the ones we love no matter what?
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Adrian Flett 06 February 2019
The difference between what we perceive and want to believe leads us into strange places. Sometimes the place is where we don't want to be..
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