chandra thiagarajan


The Phantasm - Poem by chandra thiagarajan

The Phantasm
I observed people
on a sprawling tall tree
gladly perched and poised ecstatically
on the strong green branches
picking devouring and eating heartily
the ripe juicy fruits with glee.

I, down below looked up
longed to be above-to sup
with them in their band
and be aloft and grand
to stuff, gormandize and burp.

In time I took time
and with great difficulty
climbed the tree, them to mime
and for a short time
my craving was in satiety.

There, to my utter dismay
I was witness to their bickering
meanness, manipulations, tinkering
and the manner in which
each one trounced upon
the other to eliminate and lay
from their stature.
The vile nature
they adopted to protract their stay
onto the perches in the branches
was sickening and nauseating.

I had no mind to hold on clinging
and taste the juicy fruits
of their Robinhood cloaked loots
for they appeared sinister
and deleterious to minister
to an unalloyed clean soul.

Presently I slid down—
them to mock
and stood firm like a rock
down on the ground
wondering at the chasm
of the phantasm.


Chandra Thiagarajan


Comments about The Phantasm by chandra thiagarajan

  • Rajendran Muthiah (9/1/2012 2:49:00 PM)


    The best example of alluding lines of corruption. This visual poem has the title as the first line. Concrete words and words showing movement make it a good visual poem. An honest man/woman reaches the higher post but gets shocked to see the most grafty criminals lingering there. He comes off and laughs at the unsatiating looting of the corrupt men. A gentle satire to read and enjoy.Rated ***** (Report) Reply

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  • Neela Nath Das (8/23/2012 8:18:00 AM)


    Very nice poem.Usage of imagery is fantastic. (Report) Reply

  • Yao Adantor (8/22/2012 11:03:00 AM)


    what a great metaphoric poem. (Report) Reply

  • (8/22/2012 2:11:00 AM)


    people struggle very hard to come up in life, what ever field that they are in. Keeping that status is not an easy task and they may try to prove their point either by boasting about themselves or spoiling the caliber of others! a thought provoking poem! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012



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