Kamala Das

(31 March 1934 – 31 May 2009 / Punnayurkulam, Thrissur District in Kerala)

Words - Poem by Kamala Das

All round me are words, and words and words,
They grow on me like leaves, they never
Seem to stop their slow growing
From within... But I tell my self, words
Are a nuisance, beware of them, they
Can be so many things, a
Chasm where running feet must pause, to
Look, a sea with paralyzing waves,
A blast of burning air or,
A knife most willing to cut your best
Friend's throat... Words are a nuisance, but.
They grow on me like leaves ona tree,
They never seem to stop their coming,
From a silence, somewhere deep within...


Comments about Words by Kamala Das

  • Bijay Kant DubeyBijay Kant Dubey (1/25/2020 4:44:00 AM)

    Words come out from the depth of silence, but take a turn when they are used and applied in to suit different purposes and propositions. The poetess asking us be beware of forbids us to take them lightly as these can be volcanic and cooling too. The words come from the depth of the heart. The same too may from the heart of a lover passionately in love with. (Report)Reply

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  • Bijay Kant Dubey (1/24/2020 11:56:00 PM)

    Words, words, a tryst with words, poetical words which do not seem to be stopping, almost growing up with time just like the leaves grow on the branches of the trees and its twigs similar thew case with a poetry-writer. Poetry to put it otherwise is a trail of words and images. As the trains with the bogies tumble down so the carts of poetic images. (Report)Reply

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  • Malabika Ray ChoudhuryMalabika Ray Choudhury (1/24/2020 4:42:00 PM)

    A unique poem! Words are, to her -" They grow on me like leaves" - how touching! (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (1/24/2020 2:30:00 PM)

    Listening sweet word running feet come in pause. A brilliant and nice poem of the day we have read. (Report)Reply

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  • Kingsley EgbukoleKingsley Egbukole (1/24/2020 10:52:00 AM)

    When words juggle in the mind of a poet leaving him a little confused of which to use. Beautiful (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (1/24/2020 9:01:00 AM)

    This is what goes through a poets mind always. Such a beautiful poem. Loved the way the words are woven here. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Mehta Hasmukh AmathalalMehta Hasmukh Amathalal (1/24/2020 8:50:00 AM)

    Nice one.. words play both ways....clear 10


    if swords have two sides
    then decide
    it shall have blood on an edge
    if so, it can bring revolution on the page


    Hasmukh Mehta
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  • Dominic WindramDominic Windram (1/24/2020 2:11:00 AM)

    Words are seemingly both a joy and a cross for this poet...beautifully written and conceived. (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (1/24/2020 12:42:00 AM)

    Look, a sea with paralyzing waves,
    A blast of burning air or,
    A knife most willing to cut your best
    Friend's throat... Words are a nuisance......./// greatly written; superb naturally expression on the words which silently takes birth in every womb of existence /////
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  • Pavithra pavi (1/5/2019 7:24:00 AM)

    Super poem I love it (Report)Reply

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  • Tharif (8/7/2018 1:56:00 AM)

    Lovely poem l like the poem (Report)Reply

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  • Narayanan Kutty PozhathNarayanan Kutty Pozhath (4/25/2018 12:30:00 AM)

    Kamala Das expressed through words. This is a wonderful poem which explains the meaning of words to her. (Report)Reply

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  • Rebecca (2/21/2018 9:15:00 AM)

    Words are special for Kamala Das. After all they give body to her thoughts. (Report)Reply

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  • For Kamala Das words are (2/21/2018 9:13:00 AM)

    Special. Because they give body to her thoughts. (Report)Reply

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  • Supritha (1/29/2018 11:05:00 PM)

    Can u even state the meaning (Report)Reply

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  • Chandran Methil (1/16/2018 10:48:00 PM)

    Words are just sounds......we give meaning to them........according to custom and convention. (Report)Reply

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  • Jez BurlJez Burl (1/16/2018 6:48:00 PM)

    Lovely poem....We have to be careful in using words for they can make or unmake us....Thank you for sharing dear poetess...i reaaly love this poem...Ill rate it with a high 10.. (Report)Reply

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  • Cruse Bentol (1/16/2018 4:03:00 PM)

    I just think this poem says everything it needs to. (Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (1/16/2018 3:33:00 PM)

    Perfection! She has a more - - -bitter- - -view of what words can do than I but yes, they are used in every genre of fiction, in every type of poem, in every sort of song because the well-chosen ones communicate! ! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (1/16/2018 10:38:00 AM)

    Words coming out of silence.....lovely poem on words. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012



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