A River- A K Ramanujan- Poem
Updated: Mar 30, 2022
WORK INTRODUCTION :
In this poem, A K Ramanujan articulates the poignant side of the beautiful Vaigai dam. He also brings out the ominous nature of the river in an artistic way.
city of temples and poets,
who sang of cities and temples,
a river dries to a trickle in the sand,
baring the sand ribs,
straw and women’s hair
clogging the watergates
at the rusty bars
under the bridges with patches
of repair all over them
the wet stones glistening like sleepy
crocodiles, the dry ones
shaven water-buffaloes lounging in the sun
The poets only sang of the floods.
He was there for a day
when they had the floods.
People everywhere talked
of the inches rising,
of the precise number of cobbled steps
run over by the water, rising
on the bathing places,
and the way it carried off three village houses,
one pregnant woman
and a couple of cows
named Gopi and Brinda as usual.
The new poets still quoted
the old poets, but no one spoke
in verse of the pregnant woman
drowned, with perhaps twins in her,
kicking at blank walls
even before birth.
He said: the river has water enough
to be poetic
about only once a year
and then it carries away
in the first half-hour
three village houses,
a couple of cows
named Gopi and Brinda
and one pregnant woman
expecting identical twins
with no moles on their bodies,
with different coloured diapers
to tell them apart
WORK SUMMARY :
Madurai - The city of Temples and poets, uncovers straw, sand ribs, and women’s hair in the scorching summer. This clogs the water gates underneath. The wet stones glistening underneath the sun appear like sleepy crocodiles whilst the dry ones like shaven water-buffaloes. The ancient poets wrote only about the romantic picture of the river. But they failed to describe when it was furious.
He says, the new poets, inspired by the old ones, saw only its elegance; but not the pregnant woman who was drowned bearing a child perhaps even twins kicking the blank walls even before perceiving this world. He says, the river has enough water to be poetic only once a year, after half an hour it takes away three villages, cows named Gopi and Brindha, a pregnant woman with twins that have neither moles nor diapers to tell them apart.
WORK CITATION :
The Striders: Poems, Publisher: The University of Michigan, 1966.
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