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The Tailor

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Watching the children walking along the road to and fro their schools
My heart leaps high wishing to join their merry-making, cheerful funs
Realising I am not made of flesh and blood my poor heart retreats in dismay
Here on the veranda of this textile shop I have been in deep penance for long
My master will return once with added vigour: death is a temporary absence

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There lies on the veranda of the textile shop the old sewing machine,
Rusty, dusty and untidy awaitinga successor to the bereaved old tailor
On my way to the school I had seen the old tailor always busy behind it

With a lighted cigar between his lips and totally lost in his work
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Friday, September 14, 2018
Topic(s) of this poem: homage
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
A tailor's life is dear to the stitching machine!
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Rajnish Manga 22 September 2018

This is indeed a masterpiece. Old tailor, his sewing machine, his skill and the thrill it provided in the lives of his clients have all been portrayed superbly. I am glad that I read it. The poem goes in MyPoemList.

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You have kept me indebted to you through your superb comments about my poems. I'll remain grateful to you Rajnishji.

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 06 October 2021

A very touching poem. Wonderful tribute/ remembrance of a great tailor. Beautifully crafted and well expressed.

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Dr Dillip K Swain 09 August 2021

Sir, this is one of your top poems! Brilliantly composed!

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Dr Dillip K Swain 14 January 2021

It's a poem that provides a glimpse of your poetic skills. Great! !

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Thank you very much Dr. Dillip. My heart really leaps on such comments

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Suresh Kumar EK 14 January 2021

Tailor can be a strong image of life itself.

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Thank you very much Suresh Kumar, why cant the tailorbe the creator and the machine the potential?

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Bharati Nayak 30 September 2020

A wonderful and touching tribute to the tailor who had stitched dresses for you and the other school children.Time had taken him away, but his memory is still with you.

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Thank you very much dear Bharati Nayak for picking up and commenting the poem.I remember our school days when we received with thanks our stitched school dress from the tailor.

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