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

  • (8/7/2018 1:56:00 AM)


    Lovely poem l like the poem (Report) Reply

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  • Narayanan 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

  • (2/21/2018 9:15:00 AM)


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

  • (2/21/2018 9:13:00 AM)


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

  • (1/29/2018 11:05:00 PM)


    Can u even state the meaning (Report) Reply

  • (1/16/2018 10:48:00 PM)


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

  • Jez Brul (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

  • (1/16/2018 4:03:00 PM)


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

  • Susan 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

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


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

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (1/16/2018 10:13:00 AM)


    A profusion of words weaved into a poem most beautifully by Kamala Das.
    A Malayalam writer and poetess most well known in Kerala.
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  • (1/16/2018 4:55:00 AM)


    Every poem of Kamala Das is a revelation...

    All round me are words, and words and words,
    They grow on me like leaves

    Kalidas or Wordsworth could not have stated it better! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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  • (1/16/2018 2:25:00 AM)


    words are the species.there is a jenus somewhere for each word. In a non verbal world, love was there, peace was there.words crystallised yet mildly distorted, mischievous took advantage of it.Poets used it for brokering peace, love and freedom of spirit.we allare word conneiseur..excellent poem (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (1/16/2018 2:20:00 AM)


    Words grow up, like leaves on a tree, somewhere from deep within.
    All kinds or words- healing, hurting or making nuisance. Nicely articulated poem.
    (Report) Reply

  • (1/16/2018 2:15:00 AM)


    Don't breathe words for they are like birds with wings, could harm or favor as they wish...........very well composed
    outstanding..........thanks for sharing
    (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (1/16/2018 1:44:00 AM)


    Wow, such a well-penned poem by Kamala Das👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (1/16/2018 1:41:00 AM)


    A beautifully composed piece words can hurt or describe set a scene or give rise to beauty great 10 +++ (Report) Reply

  • Nudershada Cabanes (1/16/2018 12:46:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem on words. Excellently penned (Report) Reply

  • (12/20/2017 12:24:00 PM)


    Please explain the poem (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012



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