Ponniah Ganeshan

Freshman - 872 Points (Sept.06,1950 / Sri Lanka)

Under One Sun - Poem by Ponniah Ganeshan

I live in an alien land
With an alien tongue
No one understands.

A broom stick amidst half-swept debris
A lonely corpse in a coffin
With its front teeth
Slightly projected
A plate of rice with curry
On a broken table, half eaten
I live in an alien land
My tongue, no one understands.

I am given an animal’s name
In a land of people
For I am taught to see
Only my fame
In Newspapers, over radio
And television,
In kitchen
Even in toilets
I look for my name in vain.

Place my name in your plate of rice
Place my name in your morning cup of tea
Place my name in the book of your grievances
And your triumphs as well.

Yet, I live in an alien land
With alien tongue
Let live in a land of humans
And for a heart, I pray
To read in my scripts, a name thine
And you, in yours, mine
Shall our stars in the sky shine
Under One Sun Again

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 15, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, May 16, 2011

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