Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi


What Do We Need? - Poem by Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi

Not so clean attire he was there,
scratching the head to explore,
the varieties of dishes and the smell,
I was watching him in a spell,

The serving lady not bothered,
after many glimpses she nodded,
handed over him a polystyrene box,
so he could fill what he wanted,

He filled the rice first, and then,
picked up the dish one by one,
The box was full and not be closed,
He wanted some more pointing the crabs,

The lady was shocked: shook the same head,
in denial showing her index finger out,
The unemployed addict of a sort,
persisted with salivating mouth,

The shop owner's face had changed,
anger erupted as the hot sweat,
still she gave him what he wanted,
she turned and walked into the shop,
while he walked out insufficient..

Topic(s) of this poem: kindness, life, lifestyle, charity, god

Form: Free Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Based on the real experience I have written this poem, after observing the needy man and the shop keeper, it has banged my head, how many times we have pleaded, sought, longed, wished and prayed for more, though the super power is very generous and kind to us..

Comments about What Do We Need? by Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi

  • (1/27/2016 11:28:00 PM)


    Fantastic revelation of the minutest aspects of human nature as also psyche that wants to grab the things more than necessary and take for granted the kind donors. Thanks for sharing.10 points. (Report) Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (1/27/2016 7:08:00 PM)


    Wonderful experience is expressed in poem and life of a needy man is perfectly observed. Interesting sharing done definitely.10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 27, 2016



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