Ananta Madhavan

Variety And Tedium - Poem by Ananta Madhavan

Though long retired from the grind
Of chores and tasks that bound
The routine of my workday life,
I seek a different way, some change
From things established in the mind,
The tedium and odium of sand grains
Sliding silently down into the lower bowl
In the hour-glass metaphor of ruthless Time.

I learnt to see the sameness of routine
Not as a compulsive habit that must be followed
As a self-accepted dharma, but as a chance to
The evoke a spirit of novelty
And provoke the savour of variety.

That proverbial “spice of life” is fine,
But often it is lost by repetition.
Even a new telecast or story
Turns antique or hoary,
Something déjà vu, already surmised.
I reach for the remote and switch on to something else
Or switch off for silence.

At such a time I crave for Otherness, alterity.
In our familiar park I find it in the tracery
Of bare autumnal branches, the changing sky,
The dusking light, the orange-scarlet, pale blue sky
With shades whose names I cannot tell, the tots
Wanting to play a little longer, who can look at you
And read you instantly with utter candour,
Your past, your nature, friend or foe.

We may be pre-ordained, but we can enjoy
The joy of seeing things anew, afresh.

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November 2015, Mysuru, India


Topic(s) of this poem: change

Comments about Variety And Tedium by Ananta Madhavan

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/9/2015 2:06:00 AM)

    I seek a different way, some change
    From things established in the mind, ...Change is inevitable and we have to accept. Wonderful poem drafted...10
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    (11/9/2015 8:57:00 PM)

    Dear Poet Kumarmani Mahakul,
    I was refreshed to see your generous comment on my latest post in PH, 'Variety and Tedium'. Like
    you, I like my retirement when there is some thought or impression or memory that seems to renew
    my zest. Poetry helps, but it also frustrates, because one is seldom satisfied with what one manages
    to convey in words and phrases. But, as someone said, 'I have no time to be bored'. You are to be
    commended for reading the contributions of other members with a positive intent. AM

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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 9, 2015

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