Ananta Madhavan


Unpossessed - Poem by Ananta Madhavan

(Musing of a graduate student, coming to the metropolitan university on a meagre allowance in 1958, but eager to excel) .



Not for me, these blatant riches –
Serried allurement – mocking
The coins jingling in my pocket.


No avarice assails me as I watch
What, after all, had best be understood
As a vulgar display of consumer goods.


Hard flash of chromium and natty dummies,
Preening their prices for my observation;
‘Sir, you may stare on without obligation’.


Not for me these either, tripping by,
Dainty in enchantment, tossing a wisp
Of fugitive perfume, deaf to the lisp


Of finger tips that would be eloquent;
Now in my fist I clench my muffled anger,
Swathed in a mist of futile longing.


When next I tread along this pavement,
I must encase these unpossessed in glass,
Safe from my yearning as I pass.


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Topic(s) of this poem: yearning

Form: Dramatic Monologue


Poet's Notes about The Poem

(I have met young men like this in London and Oxford. Some have excelled in studies and in various careers, adding prestige to their own countries and peoples) .

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 1, 2015



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