The Flood Poem by Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair

The Flood

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Rain, rain, rain
Raining all the day
I don't have school today
Rain, rain, rain
Fills the yard and fills the road
Fills my heart I want to play
We made paper boats and played
We made boats from banana flower
And from coconut flower sheaths too
With ants inside we let them flow
The boats capsized and the ants drowned
What a fun? We applauded!

Rain rain rain
It rained throughout the night
Dams and rivers overflowed
People with their life fled far
Flood woke me up at midnight
Pulling me by both my feet
I was stranded in a plight
Flowed and flowed and flowed I down
Caught hold of a plank and saved
Cold and hunger struck me hard
Longer I could not withstand
Woke up in a strange clinic ward

Returned when the water receded
Looked around for my grand dad
Neighbours came and welcomed me
Lead me to a burial ground
Stopped at a new tomb and said
Here is he, could not be saved
Jumped in as to save you lad
Hanging heart and tearful eyes
Wanted save his mortal belongings
Alas! Our hut is washed away
With all it's contents, but his love

God is sometimes kidding hard
Taking away all what we have

The recent flood in Kerala took away all what the people had
Robyn 26 October 2018

A very poignant poem, particularly in light of recent flooding disaster

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Thank you Robyn, thank you for the quick response

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Leela kumari R 26 October 2018

It seems that Shri.DP has composed it even before the recent flood of Kerala. Congrats to his farsightedness.Such poems are everlasting, applicable to any age, any place. The agony the boy had gone through, will haunt me for a long time.Gorgeous!

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Dr Dillip K Swain 06 March 2021

Specific situation has been magnificently generalized at the end!

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Dr Dillip K Swain 06 March 2021

The poet has meticulously studied the terrible plight of people of Kerala...

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Dr Dillip K Swain 06 March 2021

A wonderful portal of nature's wrath!

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Ramadas 12 December 2018

Rain plays havoc on the nature and there is water everywhere. Child reacts to rain with innocence as any child would but the flood takes away his hut and also his granpa's life. The poet reminds all of us about the invincibility of nature which is cruel at times on human beings who are destined to receive it. A philosophical poem and good read.

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Thank you Ramadas for digging out such precious jewels

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Kumarmani Mahakul 27 October 2018

Nautre gives us pleasure as well grief. In this poem in the first stanza you have inscribed the positive side and pleasure where as in the last stanza you have portrayed negative side or the melancholies. The poem is so moving. Thanks for sharing.

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Thank you Kumaramaniji. Life is momentary, to see both the sides, joy and grief, is mandatory

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