Subroto Chatterjee

Vanity Is Thy Name

Does thy beauty past compare
Is suspended on a single hair?
When such beauty is on the wane,
Then Vanity is thy name!

Does your knowledge pour like rain,
And crack the limits of thy brain?
Is that knowledge all inane?
Then Vanity is thy name!

Does your power make others feel,
That you are the Real Deal?
Does it drive people insane?
Then Vanity is thy name!

Does your fame reach far and wide?
Does it smack of pomp and pride?
Dost thou take it as a game?
Then Vanity is thy name!

Does your name speak a lot,
Does it say what you’re not?
And dost thou have no shame?
Then Vanity is thy name!


19th April 2009
Copyright © SC
Subroto Chatterjee

Poem Submitted: Monday, April 20, 2009
Poem Edited: Friday, November 25, 2011

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Comments about Vanity Is Thy Name by Subroto Chatterjee

  • Mamta Agarwal (7/29/2009 11:20:00 AM)

    very astute write Subroto, outstanding with lot of irony.

    Mamta

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  • Ejaz Khan (7/17/2009 2:48:00 AM)

    Well described, a meaningful write, showing insight, thanks for sharing!

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  • Surya . (6/2/2009 10:21:00 PM)

    beauty coupled with knowledge and power seems to be the theme. then such person will be in the league of cleopatra.for the moment let us stick with physical beauty, very good and interesting poem.posted 10
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    surya.

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  • Victor SklyarovVictor Sklyarov (5/8/2009 2:08:00 PM)

    We both borrowed the idea from Shakespearian 'Aye woman, fragility's thy name', quote from 'Othello' by my poor memory.

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  • Kesav EaswaranKesav Easwaran (5/2/2009 9:33:00 AM)

    you tell precisely how Vanity might look speak act and behave...skillful write...thanks...10

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  • Wojja Fink (4/20/2009 2:02:00 AM)

    Vanity, vanity is thy name
    and when you escape
    the Self laughs again................Subroto, electrician of the inner world...thank you.

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  • Mel Vincent Basconcillo (4/20/2009 12:14:00 AM)

    great ending! the poem is uniquely done and it is outstanding

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