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Friday, March 27, 2015

Shall I Wait Till I Understand Pablo Neruda

Rating: 4.8
Perchance I happened to meet
One editor of a newspaper big
In conversation I told him
About my interest in writing
In Odia and in English do I write
And conveyed my wish
To get them published.

Asked he me some questions
To gauge my knowledge depth
Ma'm! Have you read
Jayanta Mohapatra and Pablo Neruda?

I am a casual writer
Not a person who has read much
Limited is my knowledge in literature
Yes, Great Poems one or two I have read
From Jayanta Mohapatra and Pablo Neruda
To be frank
I could not fully comprehend

Then he recited with all right intonations
Some stanza's from Neruda's poems
And some of his own creations
I heard in amazement
How to the ears they sound so sweet

After he left
I questioned myself
Questioned my knowledge limited
How I dare to venture to this world
A world full of Jayanta Mohapatra, Ramakanta Ratha
Shakespeare and Wordsworth
Above all Pablo Neruda

Restless was I
Restless were my days
As a voice in me always tormented
'I do want to come out', the voice implored
I want to see the light
Oh Mother, Bring me out

Notwithstanding
What the great minds say of me
I brought her to the fore
And looked at her
Eyes, face and forehead
What the future
Written there
I know not, I know not
Am I not beautiful, my baby asked
Oh! You are beautiful, very beautiful
You are my sweet child
I would not compare you
With that of Pablo Neruda
Or never that with Jayanta Mohapatra.

I blew a kiss on her forehead
And in whisper i said
Oh my child
Always, always feel blessed.
Bharati Nayak
Topic(s) of this poem: writing
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COMMENTS
Belle Wassermeister 14 December 2020
We can't all be Pablo Neruda or William Shakespeare, nor should we try. We can only be ourselves and use own own talents. From your writings, you have many of those!
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Rajnish Manga 12 October 2020
I would not compare you With that of Pablo Neruda Or never that with Jayanta Mohapatra.... //.... Great poem and a very thought-provoking one. Each one of the writers is unique. We must celebrate the works of legendary authors and poets and enjoy their style and approach but be yourself in your creative self. Thanks a lot.
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Dr Antony Theodore 07 April 2020
I blew a kiss on her forehead And in whisper i said Oh my child Always, always feel blessed. such a love and inspiration your poems provide.. my dear Bharati. God bless you for your loving heart. tony
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Bharati Nayak 07 April 2020
Thank you Dr.Tony Brahmin for your kind words and blessings.
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Magadha Rani 24 February 2020
Pablo Neruda is my favorite modern poet! He use hyperbole in fabulous ways! I love his poetry! This is a magnificent quest from a genuine poetess like you to dive into the river of his poetry! Liked it....10 (Poetess Magadha)
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Bri Edwards 28 August 2019
twice i've clicked to send this to MyPoemList. but i don't see that it has happened. ok, now it has. PH is tardy, but not by much! ! good old PH. ;) :) and it's FREE! ! bri :)
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Bri Edwards 28 August 2019
2 – true, some poems SOUND good even lacking understanding! stanza 5: you forgot B. Edwards. you caught me off guard by suddenly being pregnant! pregnant with child or poem? i ain't the father! ! ! to MyPoemList. bri :)
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Bri Edwards 28 August 2019
1 – NO! do NOT wait! ! lines 5 & 8: the wording is unusual, but not bad; maybe use some commas in line 8. i'm glad to see you admit to not understanding some poems from some (famed) poets; you are NOT alone! " stanza's" ha ha. delete the apostrophe.
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Kumarmani Mahakul 18 August 2019
Am I not beautiful, my baby asked Oh! You are beautiful, very beautiful You are my sweet child I would not compare you With that of Pablo Neruda Or never that with Jayanta Mohapatra.......touching expression with nice concept. A brilliant poem is amazingly shared. Thanks for sharing.
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Jane Campion 07 July 2019
Launching oneself in uncharted waters is always daring. To sail on is the challenge. A great poem..
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Aniruddha Pathak 15 May 2019
Read all poets if you must, discuss great styles old and new if you just, then forget it all before something yours your own you call, this I learnt at some cost. A great poem.
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