This Winter Too Is No Different Poem by Dinesan Madathil

This Winter Too Is No Different

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This winter too, we can see
Will arrive like a dragon
With a thousand tooth sharp enough
To bite into the bones of the homeless.
This winter is no different
From his predecessor of 2012-13

Come November and we say fine things
About a life free from the heat of a hot past
That fled from us just for a while
And we see a milder Sun and Larger Moon in the sky.
But this winter too has his intentions strong.

This winter too, we can read
About the Siberian winged beauties
Flying unto our milder north India in hundreds
Where the homeless will fight with cold and frost
With the mist of an unknown December descending on them.
This winter will bring us tales miserable.

In Delhi and Jaipur and in Bhopal and Patna
We saw him raging like a bull with horns,
In Shimla and Indore and there in Kanpur and Jallandhar
We saw him brandishing his sword of fury and spite.
Thousands of homeless died and suffered to no end
With the destitutes and the strays lying frozen.

This winter too perhaps
Is going to arrive with a natural rhythm to his treat,
We poets may be lost in its 'pleasant' grip
And we may sleep under a blanket warm and forget the rest.
Let us spare a little time yet in anguish and concern
Over the hapless victims of this winter of reality...

POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
Delhi, Jaipur, Bhopal, Patna, Shimla, Indore, Kanpur and Jallandhar are North Indian cities where during the last many years hundreds of homeless people died on account of severe cold and frost during the months of December and January.
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Tirupathi Chandrupatla 20 November 2013

Timely poem expressing the perils of the homeless. They need all help to survive the severity of winter. Thank you.

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Geetha Jayakumar 21 November 2013

Winter is not that severe in Mumbai comparing to Delhi, Bhopal, Surat, Shimla etc. Pathetic are the conditions for homeless ones. Beautiful write.

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Kavya . 21 November 2013

a very good write......yes winters are not looked forward to in such north indian cities and several other countries where its freezing cold and many die - we are blessed enought to enjoy a cool yet pleasant n romantic climate wherein we can go under the blankets and have a long sleep, totally unaware of the realistic situation across many countries in the globe.

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Om Chawla 22 November 2013

Very well written, Dinesh. Fate of poor and destitute is equally worse in summer when mercury soars to 45/46 degrees or when rivers are in spate and overflow their banks submerging thousands of acres of land rendering poor hutment dwellers homeless, year after year. It is the poor who always suffer: the 'haves' who wield the power wont heed.

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Valsa George 22 November 2013

The plight of the homeless as Om Chawla sir has described is miserable all through the seasons who are starkly exposed to the changing fury of nature in the form of heat waves, chilly blasts, torrential rain, drought etc. We poets may be lost in its 'pleasant' grip And we may sleep under a blanket warm and forget the rest. Let us spare a little time yet in anguish and concern Over the hapless victims of this winter of reality... Yes, 'let us not forget the ballads of the slums'! ! Very moving and powerful lines!

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East Sea Fairy East Sea Fairy 29 September 2020

nice write.... winter in India.... no winter is the same. all winters might be the same... it depends, hahaha

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Ken E Hall 14 June 2015

Strong words to tell the reader of the homeless plight in the cold nights of the winters claws of death...you open your heart to tell this tale of the poorest of the poor...thanks for your message and care...regards

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Daniel Brick 16 April 2015

This poem is a summons to people of good will to rally in support o those less fortunate. You vivdly describe the need for this inteervention and only a stony-hearted person could read your and not be moved to action.

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Soulful Heart 05 January 2015

seasons of changes that rage around us........some that sooth, some that thrash.............but as a poet says They are clouds/ they will fly away as all clouds do.................excellent poem of past and present and future as well.........

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Rajnish Manga 02 January 2015

The poem sets the tone with the first two lines - This winter too, we can see / Will arrive like a dragon - This is the most objective assessment of the tyranny unleashed by the winter season. Hats off to you, dear poet.

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