Kamala Das
Punnayurkulam, Thrissur District in Kerala
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The Old Playhouse

Rating: 3.2

You planned to tame a swallow, to hold her
In the long summer of your love so that she would forget
Not the raw seasons alone, and the homes left behind, but
Also her nature, the urge to fly, and the endless
Pathways of the sky. It was not to gather knowledge
Of yet another man that I came to you but to learn
What I was, and by learning, to learn to grow, but every
Lesson you gave was about yourself. You were pleased
With my body's response, its weather, its usual shallow
Convulsions. You dribbled spittle into my mouth, you poured

Yourself into every nook and cranny, you embalmed
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Soumita Sarkar 12 June 2013

Phenomenal...........what else could be said about the demeaning ego and state of a wife belittled infront of her man.......a strong man.

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Rohit Dixit 21 December 2012

One of the monumental work in Anglo Indian writing

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Subair M 21 November 2017

Wonderful lines from an Indian writer

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Moloy Nandi 19 September 2020

THIS TEXT IS HANDY FOR ME..THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PROVIDING THIS TEXT

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t.Sadanandan 08 May 2019

It is a great poem love is Narcissus at the water's edgeby a great poet

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T.Sadanandan 08 May 2019

It is a great poem by a great poet

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lhadron 28 December 2018

It is very intersting

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This poem must be expressing her feelings towards her husband.

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