Bharati Nayak


Shall I Wait Till I Understand Pablo Neruda - Poem by Bharati Nayak

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.

Topic(s) of this poem: writing


Comments about Shall I Wait Till I Understand Pablo Neruda by Bharati Nayak

  • (10/14/2017 8:44:00 AM)


    The profound interest of poet to read masters of literature has been beautifully depicted through personal experiences..a very candid expression ventilated in the form of such a beautiful write..I admire it.. regards (Report) Reply

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  • Parivallal P (6/30/2017 1:41:00 AM)


    Amazing :) what better way than to put the apprehension and passion of a budding writer :) I understand and could relate it to the most :) Thank you Bharati ji :) (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (9/11/2017 9:52:00 AM)

    Thank you poet Parivallal P for giving your time to read and comment on my poem, I hope to get more of your visits to my poem.Your words are much appreciated.

  • The Poet Poet (6/18/2017 2:39:00 PM)


    I read any 20
    just to compose one
    needn't be NERUDA
    or important some one

    your poetry itself is inspirational
    I have a similar one composed

    many said well done
    depends on the readers mind
    we are all equal and one.
    continue lady
    you alone are
    extraordinary one
    (Report) Reply

    The Poet Poet The Poet Poet (9/11/2017 4:46:00 PM)

    thanks but please read and comment on 25 or more of my poetry I want to publish 31 poems worthy p PM me if u have a querry very difficult to get to ones poetry

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (9/11/2017 9:58:00 AM)

    Many thanks the Poet Poet.I agree, one need not be Neruda or important some one to compose poetry.All budding and new poets might be feeling the way I felt initially.

  • Glen Kappy (5/22/2017 7:17:00 AM)


    i relate to the struggle and inner conversation you report here, bharati. we write because we have to, yes? because we want to create and shape things. and all of us start somewhere; none of us becomes a great craftsperson with our first attempts. and even great craftspersons, in this case poets like shakespeare or neruda, writes masterpieces every time. my favorite haiku poet is issa, and robert hass, editor of an excellent book called the essential haiku, writes of issa that he wrote thousands of poems, many of them bad. this helped endear issa to me. -glen (Report) Reply

  • Nosheen Irfan (1/29/2017 4:01:00 AM)


    I think every writer feels this way at times. We all have our moments of doubt but having faith in ourselves is the only way to overcome our self-doubt. We must let our inner light shine and then dazzle the world with it. Each of has their own value. Great names are often intimidating but every human being has something to say that can enlighten the world so let your voice speak. A beautiful piece.10 (Report) Reply

  • (1/18/2017 12:24:00 PM)


    Simple and I feel perfect poem it is, I didn't loose interest from start to the end, and I satisfied after I read the whole. very nice (Report) Reply

  • Chinedu Dike (1/17/2017 10:04:00 PM)


    Lovely narrative piece Bharati. All passionate poets are good poets in their own ways. It takes much courage and determination to start writing, we are all gifted and blessed. Remain blessed. (Report) Reply

  • Chayan Sarkar (1/8/2017 7:36:00 PM)

    queryquery
    Nice to hear....Pablo Neruda...I know not this man before you mentioning..... (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (1/8/2017 10:49:00 PM)

    Thank you for visiting my poem page.Hope you also enjoy my other poems.

  • Kathy Van Kurin (12/13/2016 8:47:00 PM)


    Bharati Nayak,
    fortunately for all people with a love and desire to share their hearts we are not defined by others! You are you and that is enough. Few of us may know a published work but it does not mean a thing. Try we must, live we will and simply endeavor as best we can enjoying this life which only All-mighty God has bestowed as the perfect gift. Just live, just love, just be...................Blessings for your lovely voice Bharati. Kathy
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  • Indira Renganathan (11/25/2016 8:32:00 AM)


    Very honest write Bharati...even I am no exception...in fact every writer has this doubt and fear with their initial
    attempts...confidence is developed only gradually...I would like you to read my poems Help Me Sir and Self
    just to let you know how much I'm confident...indeed an honest and interesting poem...thank you- 10++++++
    Thanks for your comment too..God bless you
    (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (11/23/2016 2:54:00 PM)


    A great write on writing, we all are just like you, we don't know whether our writes have any worth or not, but it doesn't mean that we should not write. You write beautiful poems, in my opinion you are a lovely poetess. (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (11/24/2016 4:49:00 AM)

    Thank you Akhtar Jawadji for your comment.It is really very encouraging to hear such nice words from you.

  • Queeny Gona (11/2/2016 10:56:00 PM)


    Every budding poet aspire to publish his or her work irrespective of the depth of his/her knowledge! That's indeed a Dream of each one of us here on PH especially. Limited is my knowledge but unique are we in thought and write! Wonderful poem Mam! (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (11/24/2016 5:03:00 AM)

    It is such a wonderful comment dear Queeny Gona.In a way we all human beings have limited knowledge in any field.An aspiring writer should always keep himself motivated.We writers are all like travelers on the road.Some one has gone ahead, but our destination is same- -to write.Self doubt very often makes a budding writer quit half way.So it is also the responsibility of senior writers to encourage the budding poets.Moreover writing has its own intrinsic reward.It is self discovery, Writing helps one to heal inner hurts.Writing and reading can be spiritually fulfilling.It helps in progress of soul.

  • Daniel Brick (10/19/2016 6:49:00 AM)

    Shall I wait
    This poem called forth 57 comments all of which (I read them ALL! !) endorse the theme of your Poem. And now I add my voice to this chorus of approval and delight as the 58th commentator. Your poem ends with the word blessed. To bless means to extend best wishes toward someone, to give them a positive direction, to imbue them with hope, to give them a portion of your strength. That's what a blessing does in particular, and that's what your poems do for your readers. Don't worry about your gap in knowledge of poets and literary techniques. Those things you have all the time in the world to learn. What you already have - and 58 fellow poets have endorsed this - is a POETIC SOUL, and that's why you could write this wonderful poem. Pablo Neruda was a Poet of the People and some of his writing is surrealist in inspiration (especially the poems of RESIDENCE ON EARTH) but
    his goal was to write poems that nurtured his readers' lives. He would applaud the spirit of generosity and love which drives your poems, as I do, and 57 people who have put their applause into words. I think in this poem, Bharati, you found a way to speak for all of us by speaking for yourself in an honest and clear voice. The most personal poem then becomes the most universal poem. It's a paradox of true poetry.
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    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (10/19/2016 9:54:00 AM)

    You read all 57 comments and endorse the theme of of my poem - - - - - It is a great honor for my poem to get so many comments from readers whose opinion I value much.My heartiest thanks to you and all the readers.

  • Jesus James Llorico (10/18/2016 9:47:00 AM)

    Beautiful
    Certainly, one of the most beautiful poem I have ever
    read. The truthfulness and honesty is so beautiful.
    Rated 10+
    (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (10/19/2016 9:46:00 AM)

    Thank you so much for your beautiful comment.

  • (9/30/2016 9:11:00 PM)

    Yes-Birth of a Poem
    Yes, Bharati, you need not compare your poems with those of Neruda or Wordsworth. It is the poet's urge to write that is the cause of the poetry. And her/his satisfaction of the poem is what is final. And you would have noticed, it is 'poem' who decides what shape she takes, even what language she chooses to be born in.

    So, please go ahead and write.10++
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    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (10/1/2016 5:29:00 AM)

    Thank you Unnikrishnan ES for your nice comment.Every writer is unique and his poetry is reflection of bit of his personality.One may express very lucidly, one may not.By writing we express our emotion and it is like catharsis.One should never compare himself with others and keep on writing.

  • Abduhoo Salamath (8/28/2016 12:27:00 PM)


    woow...great efffect and nice composition...well done Bharhi ji... (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (8/30/2016 6:22:00 AM)

    Thank you Abduhoo Salamath for for your inspiring comment.

  • Geetha Jayakumar (8/4/2016 10:25:00 AM)


    Wow...Fantastic write just poured from your heart. Each one is unique on its own. You have a unique way of expressing things. That makes you the You! No one can replace you. Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (8/4/2016 8:54:00 PM)

    Thank you very much for your wonderful comments dear Geetha Jayakumar. Yes, we all are unique.We should not compare ourselves with great writers.Writing is our own self expression and we should do it with our passion and thoroughly enjoy it.

  • Bri Edwards (6/25/2016 12:09:00 AM)


    He'll no! ! Don't you dare wait! !

    I can't (I think) add better words about your poem than I read in some of the comments.

    I'll place this into MyPoemList and into my/our June a showcase for P H poets, found in my list of poems on my
    P H site.

    Pablo who?

    Bri :)
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    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (6/25/2016 2:34:00 AM)

    Wow- - Thank you so much.My poem goes to your favorite list and in to your Showcase! It is a great honour for me.

  • Bharati Nayak (5/28/2016 2:22:00 AM)


    Thank you very much for your marvelous comment.Yes we all are travelers on this beautiful path of poetry.Each one is unique and there is no competition (Report) Reply

  • Kishore Kumar Das (5/28/2016 1:56:00 AM)


    I may not be one of the great poets like Tagore, Neruda, Jayant or Keats......but I will try to create a niche for myself........one's style of writing is unique....there is no competition....poetry is just giving vent to one's feelings.......nice poem by you... (Report) Reply

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