Kamala Das

(31 March 1934 – 31 May 2009 / Punnayurkulam, Thrissur District in Kerala)

Relationship - Poem by Kamala Das

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...


Comments about Relationship by Kamala Das

  • Bill Cantrell (2/6/2019 3:49:00 PM)

    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! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/6/2019 10:32:00 AM)

    Once i knew not his form! !
    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Savita Tyagi (2/6/2019 9:18:00 AM)

    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. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/6/2019 8:43:00 AM)

    Conviction in the relationship is superb. (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (2/6/2019 6:20:00 AM)

    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! (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (2/6/2019 4:45:00 AM)

    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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  • (2/6/2019 4:29:00 AM)

    A poem of we cannot help the ones we love no matter what? (Report)Reply

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  • Adrian Flett (2/6/2019 4:25:00 AM)

    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.. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/6/2019 3:52:00 AM)

    My body's wisdom tells and tells again
    That I shall find my rest, my sleep, my peace Nice poem
    And even death nowhere else but here in
    My betrayer's arms.
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (2/6/2019 3:06:00 AM)

    the love
    most soft word
    but when it comes as hard touch
    then.....!
    /// betray!
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  • (2/6/2019 2:24:00 AM)

    Very well written. Nothing can be better than this on relationship. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/6/2019 2:13:00 AM)

    A very passionate poem about love and relationship,
    And deep love in the midsts of betrayals,
    ****** thanks of neautiful reads
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  • Prabir Gayen (2/6/2019 1:20:00 AM)

    Fine piece of poetry......////// (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/6/2019 1:12:00 AM)

    Masterfully penned poem by Kamala Das..... (Report)Reply

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  • Narayanan Kutty Pozhath (4/25/2018 12:41:00 AM)

    Kamala Das always hated betrayal by her men. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/16/2018 3:38:00 AM)

    very nice poem (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012



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