Sivakumar Ambalapuzha

Rookie (26-10-1958 / Kerala, India)

Vegetarian - Poem by Sivakumar Ambalapuzha

“How much for sardine? ”
I enquire.
“The name is Madonna”,
She responds.
“Choose ten chubby”,
My demand.
“Will turn nineteen,
the next month”, snaps she.
Wrapped half in and half out,
With a Madonna-smile string,
The packet, she tenders.

But did it slip?

While she cleanse,
Wife, tosses to the cat,
Those with rotten gills.
With a tongue acerbic, chops
The man who regrets not,
The wasted bucks.

Swear me,
To stop eating fish,
Fried without oil and masala
In the microwave mind,
Swear to be vegetarian
From tomorrow,
To be true.
(Malayalam: Sivakumar Ambalapuzha)

Comments about Vegetarian by Sivakumar Ambalapuzha

  • Kesav EaswaranKesav Easwaran (5/13/2008 2:17:00 AM)

    a very good write here, sivakumar! you can certainly do well in english too. continue posting more numbers. all the best... (Report)Reply

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  • Rajaram RamachandranRajaram Ramachandran (4/27/2007 8:26:00 PM)

    A wise decision taken at the end after a foul smelling bitter experience. But in Bengal, they say fish is a vegetable-Jala Pushpa (Report)Reply

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  • Sidi Mahtrow (3/17/2007 9:02:00 AM)

    Ah, the aroma
    Then the taste
    To be a vegetarian
    What a waste.

    But tomorrow
    Will never come
    As the enticing thought
    Of what a feast
    The sardine will become.


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 17, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, February 3, 2011

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