The Tailor Poem by Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair

The Tailor

Rating: 5.0

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

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
So skilled a tailor was he that he was liked by all his customers
Sleepless nights and restless days made his creations famous around
Freshness smelling dresses he made might have enchanted childre
Bridal robes he designed might have added undefined beauty to bride
College girls in his fashion stitching might have scored much from friends
He is no more and the machine lies there as the monument of his artifice

A tailor's life is dear to the stitching machine!
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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Jazib Kamalvi 16 September 2018

A refined poetic imagination, Parameswaran. You may like to read my poem, Love And Iust. Thank you.

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At times we wish if some non-living things have the ability to speak it would give us tremendous mysterious information. Here the sewing machine is sad that it cannot play with the children at least until it's master returns. Thank you Jazib Kamalvi. I will definitely read your poems

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Dr Dillip K Swain 02 September 2022

A majestic poem. I love this wonderful portray of the character of a tailor...a beauty! !

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Thank you once again dear friend. A tailor has an important role in the society which only a few realise

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Dr Dillip K Swain 14 February 2022

There lies on the veranda of the textile shop the old sewing machine, Rusty, dusty and untidy awaitinga successor to the bereaved old tailor....I love this composition so much. My pleasure reading this poem that emanates from the keen observation of the poet multiple times! !

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Dr Dillip K Swain 02 November 2021

I love this poem that briefly describes life of a tailor

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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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