Arun Kolatkar

(1 November 1932 – 25 September 2004 / Maharashtra / India)

The Indicator - Poem by Arun Kolatkar

A wooden saint
in need of paint

the indicator
has turned inward
ten times over

swallowed the names
of all the railway
stations it knows

removed its hands
from its face
and put them away
in its pockets

if it knows when
the next train's due
it gives no clue

the clockface adds
its numerals

the total is zero.


Comments about The Indicator by Arun Kolatkar

  • Anil Kumar Panda (6/11/2019 12:10:00 PM)

    Wow! ! This is a superb poem.
    'the clockface adds
    its numerals

    the total is zero. '... is awesome. Loved it.
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  • (6/11/2019 11:50:00 AM)

    True representation of modern poetry with versification of odd things Well deserved modern poem of the Day. (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (6/11/2019 10:51:00 AM)

    if it knows when
    the next train's due
    it gives no clue
    the clockface adds
    its numerals.. Zero. very fine poem. tony
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/11/2019 9:42:00 AM)

    In need of Paint! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Adeeb Alfateh (6/11/2019 4:46:00 AM)

    clock
    adds
    the zero! /// great10++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (6/11/2019 2:28:00 AM)

    CONGRATULATIONS being chosen as The Member Poem Of TODAY. Hie is no more, but I direct these felicitations to his family who surely are proud of him and his posthume results. May he rest in peace. Fascinating Member Poem Of The Day. (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (6/11/2019 2:24:00 AM)

    True sad poem, as an artist he died too young, methinks, married twice, because of alcohol problems, at last he found success in publishing his poem books, also posthume, before his death he asked his best friend to publish the poems he just finished. As an art designer residing in Mumbai he knew all the corners of that megacity.
    A true artist with scorpion as his zodiac. Oft goes poetry and painting hand in hand. Amazing life, amazing poems, amazing art and personality!
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (6/11/2019 1:58:00 AM)

    if it knows when
    the next train's due
    it gives no clue......impressive expression. Beautiful poem.
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (6/11/2019 1:31:00 AM)

    round
    roundly
    come to the totality

    and it's a zero!
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 29, 2012



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