Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar Poems

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1.
A Woman Forty Plus Aspires

I must be the centre of attention
And reaffirm my desirability.
I must feel validated as a woman
And re-experience the romance of love.
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2.
Be Grateful

Be grateful and be helpful.
Be grateful if not helpful.
Being ungrateful is bad.
Be helpful to one even
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3.
Happiness Is A State

Happiness is a state of mind
Instantly produced by sense
Gratification through touch, taste,
Sight, hearing and smell the desired.
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4.
The Inability

5.
Where Should Women Fight?

When a man stole a woman
She is branded mud and he a stud.
She is reviled and he, envied.
She is labeled a harlot and he, a starlet.
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6.
Child Is One’s Extension.

7.
Cleopatra’s Glory

Cleopatra was the queen of Egypt;
Cleopatra was the queen of beauty.
She came to the throne at her eighteen
The first century BC witnessed it.
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8.
Love Without Being Discontent


Mere presence is enough
To let me know
She is there for me.
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9.
Death And Birth

Death leads to birth rather than birth, to death.
Birth is close to death and not vice versa.
Every birth is at the result of a death.
Death to birth, not birth to death, is the path.
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10.
A Beggar I Am.

I show my fake smiles
To those I seek,
To those I cling to
To those I fear
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