The Bull Poem by Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair

The Bull

Rating: 4.9


Every day I saw him tied to the mango tree
Like man is held fast to life with the cord of endless ambition
I saw in those dying dusks affection glittering in his gazing eyes

He was my pet bull: back from school, one day, I found him sold out
A wish had since then been kept close to my heart to see him again
Time on it's wings brought me here in this remote countryside
To find him here under the yoke of the bullock-cart of my neighbour

I have seen him whipped to bleed while pulling the cart along
The ups and downs of rough stonny roads so long
And heard the sound of rubbles being crushed under the cart wheels
Subduing the creeks of his bones and muscles so weak

Today when I learn that he is sold away to the butcher
I realise the meaning of the distress I watched in his eyes yesterday
He was struggling to bid his last farewell with a heavy heart to part
He sacrificed his whole life, blood and flesh in human service
A rare Karma even the Gods may hesitate to perform
Where am I to give him a place, among the Gods or among the delicious dishes?

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Bharati Nayak 17 November 2018

A very touching write - - - - - .The inner kindness and sympathy of the poet are reflected in the poem. He was my pet bull: back from school, one day, I found him sold out A wish had since then been kept close to my heart to see him again Time on it's wings brought me here in this remote countryside To find him here under the yoke of the bullock-cart of my neighbour(part-1)

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 05 June 2022

Revisiting this wonderful poem with magnificent poetic expressions and compelling images.

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David Wood 05 December 2021

Truly heart rendering. He now lives in your heart forever.

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Thanks a lot dear poet. I feel myself lucky to have commented by poets like you.

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Unnikrishnan E S 04 December 2021

Part 2. Moreover, the lines reminded me of the opening chapters of "Gurusagaram" the famous novel by OV Vijayan. Full score, Sir.

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Thank you very much Unnikrishnan. I don't exactly remember Gurusagaram

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Unnikrishnan E S 04 December 2021

The poem shakes the reader to the core. Very realistic and compassionate writing. The lines …. The bullock…" tied to the mango tree /Like man is held fast to life with the cord of endless ambition " reflects the philosophy enshrined in The Vedas"

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I am very much satisfied that the depth of the poem has since been explored well

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 04 December 2021

Our pet will always have a soft spot in our heart. A part of our life's memories. Revisiting this heart rending poem. So beautifully expressed and crafted.

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Thanking you reciprocal to the length and quality of your comments is not so easy. Still I humbly try to express my gratitude

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