Sarojini Naidu

(13 February 1879 - 2 March 1949 / Hyderabad / India)

Street Cries - Poem by Sarojini Naidu

WHEN dawn's first cymbals beat upon the sky,
Rousing the world to labour's various cry,
To tend the flock, to bind the mellowing grain,
From ardent toil to forge a little gain,
And fasting men go forth on hurrying feet,
Buy bread, buy bread, rings down the eager street.

When the earth falters and the waters swoon
With the implacable radiance of noon,
And in dim shelters koïls hush their notes,
And the faint, thirsting blood in languid throats
Craves liquid succour from the cruel heat,
Buy fruit, buy fruit, steals down the panting street.

When twilight twinkling o'er the gay bazaars,
Unfurls a sudden canopy of stars,
When lutes are strung and fragrant torches lit
On white roof-terraces where lovers sit
Drinking together of life's poignant sweet,
Buy flowers, buy flowers, floats down the singing street.

Comments about Street Cries by Sarojini Naidu

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (7/1/2016 12:33:00 PM)

    Twilight twinkles to convey message of every stage of street life when the Earth flatters with the implacable radiance of noon we feel this. In singing street flowers too sing amazingly in this great imagery. Very interesting and nice poem definitely this is...10 (Report) Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (7/1/2016 12:21:00 PM)

    This is indeed a pulsating three-stage landscape of city life at the time of dawn, noon and then of the twilight hours created by one of the greatest English language poetess of India of twentieth century. (Report) Reply

  • (7/1/2016 5:45:00 AM)

    A great life song sung by a street in it's hoarse voice coming from the excellent flight of imagery of the great poetess. Thanks for sharing it here, (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/1/2016 3:34:00 AM)

    A sudden canopy of stars! ! Nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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