The Patriot Poem by Nissim Ezekiel

The Patriot

Rating: 3.5

I am standing for peace and non-violence.
Why world is fighting fighting
Why all people of world
Are not following Mahatma Gandhi,
I am simply not understanding.
Ancient Indian Wisdom is 100% correct,
I should say even 200% correct,
But modern generation is neglecting -
Too much going for fashion and foreign thing.
Other day I'm reading newspaper
(Every day I'm reading Times of India
To improve my English Language)
How one goonda fellow
Threw stone at Indirabehn.
Must be student unrest fellow, I am thinking.
Friends, Romans, Countrymen, I am saying (to myself)
Lend me the ears.
Everything is coming -
Regeneration, Remuneration, Contraception.
Be patiently, brothers and sisters.
You want one glass lassi?
Very good for digestion.
With little salt, lovely drink,
Better than wine;
Not that I am ever tasting the wine.
I'm the total teetotaller, completely total,
But I say
Wine is for the drunkards only.
What you think of prospects of world peace?
Pakistan behaving like this,
China behaving like that,
It is making me really sad, I am telling you.
Really, most harassing me.
All men are brothers, no?
In India also
Gujaratis, Maharashtrians, Hindiwallahs
All brothers -
Though some are having funny habits.
Still, you tolerate me,
I tolerate you,
One day Ram Rajya is surely coming.
You are going?
But you will visit again
Any time, any day,
I am not believing in ceremony
Always I am enjoying your company.

Mahtab Bangalee 14 July 2020

I think to be true patriot first of all need to be true human being; because nowadays on the name of patriotism the frontier solders kill inhumanly the border dwellers and every soldier needs the heart of humanity, sympathy and considerable mind before entangles in any wars between neighbor country because war is always profitable business of the hypocrite politician! ! !

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Edward Kofi Louis 14 July 2020

Positiveness! ! No violence. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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M Asim Nehal 14 July 2020

As the title suggests infighting is on ever since ages and people enjoy it for power and control. hope that better sense will prevail someday. Thoughtful poem.10++

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Ruta Mohapatra 14 July 2020

The language is funny, the commentary is witty! An enjoyable poem of the day!

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Ms Presumptuous 04 April 2020

You missed out the dilliwallah, wondering what genre this beautiful poetry comes under

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Nice poem

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Nice poem

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Rajnish Manga 14 July 2020

A great masterpiece by a great poet. Deals with the ethos of Indian culture. To live in peaceful co-existence and to celebrate differences, 'All men are brothers, no? ' The poet's reference to lassi and wine goes well with his ideology. Thanks.

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Dr Antony Theodore 14 July 2020

I am standing for peace and non-violence. Why world is fighting fighting Why all people of world Are not following Mahatma Gandhi, if all had followed Mahtama......... tony

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S H 14 July 2020

English is suc..........and nuts poem. Who featured it? ? ?

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