Koyamparambath Satchidanandan

(28 May 1946 - / Pulloot, Thrissur district, Kerala, India)

The Mad - Poem by Koyamparambath Satchidanandan

The mad have no caste
nor religion.They transcend
gender, live outside
ideologies. We do not deserve
their innocence.

Their language is not of dreams
but of another reality.Their love
is moonlight.It overflows
on the full moon day.

Looking up they see
gods we have never heard of.They are
shaking their wings when
we fancy they are
shrugging their shoulders.They hold
even flies have souls
and the green god of grasshoppers
leaps up on thin legs.

At times they see trees bleed,hear
lions roaring from the streets.At times
they watch Heaven gleaming
in a kitten's eyes,just as
we do. But they alone can hear
ants sing in a chorus.

While patting the air
they are taming a cyclone
over the Mediteranean.With
their heavy tread,they stop
a volcano from erupting.

They have another measure
of time.Our century is
their second.Twenty seconds,
and they reach Christ; six more,
they are with the Buddha.
In a single day,they reach
the big bang at the beginning.

They go on walkng restless for,
their earth is boiling still.

The mad are not
mad like us.

(Translated from the Malayalam by the poet)

Comments about The Mad by Koyamparambath Satchidanandan

  • (11/29/2018 1:41:00 AM)

    Part 3
    We think, their faculties are deficient. But the fact?
    they alone can hear
    ants sing in a chorus.

    Such marvellous expression, an unseen metaphor of rarity.
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  • (11/29/2018 1:37:00 AM)

    Part 2
    The people, whom we call mad are far better human beings than us, who we think are sane and sober:
    The mad have no caste
    nor religion.They transcend
    gender, live outside
    ideologies. We do not deserve
    their innocence.“
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  • (11/29/2018 1:34:00 AM)

    Another masterly stroke from the great poet.

    A statement of severe, gruesome introspection
    “The mad are not
    Mad like us”
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  • Bijay Kant Dubey (10/25/2018 5:27:00 AM)

    The madman going.
    Have you felt his life?
    How mad is he?

    Under the moonlit skies
    He walking,
    Walking and talking
    And going all alone.

    But we,
    We more mad than them,
    What mad people,
    mad people are we,
    Say you!
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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 7, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, September 7, 2012

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