Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.

Gold Star - 40,310 Points (June 15,1942 / Aravayal, karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, South India)

The Conditioned Mind - Poem by Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.

Two eyes apart, one nose below between
And one mouth still below is the set up
Of a face of human or an animal
To which our seeing has been conditioned.

Any change in number or position
In the face is indigestible to eyes.
How if the Hindu Epic is enacted
In European or modern costumes?

Imagine Jesus in Lord Krishna’s make up.
Everything is evaluated
From the conditioned vision and concept.
Assessments come from the conditioned mind.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 5, 2014

Poem Edited: Monday, January 6, 2014

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