Sunil D'pudi

The Devil's Whisper - Poem by Sunil D'pudi

He spread the fields of his life
To be furrowed
By the plows of time.

The atrocious truths
Turn toxic!
Famine passed by,
Left a groove.
The days of hunger passed by,
Left a groove.
Grief passed by,
Left a groove.
- fossilized centipedes
On the wide forehead.

The hollow depression
Of the eyes casts a shadow
On the sunk cheeks.
The sun-burnt flesh
Around the grim taut mouth
Conceals an epic
Behind the imposed silence.

He lingers,
To trace an echo
Of the 'Devil's Whisper'.

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Comments about The Devil's Whisper by Sunil D'pudi

  • (7/31/2005 1:36:00 PM)

    I don't know what 'Devil's Whisper' specifically alludes to, but you've created such a striking portrait of this person! The first 3 lines and those last 3 that come before the final stanza really sculpt words. Your language is very, very powerful.
    I find myself using painting and sculpting examples, and wonder whether you also work in other media besides words?

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, July 31, 2005

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