Honoured and dead

Awards given at deathbeds
to set the giver’s mind at ease
nothing more than fast forwarded wreaths
shrouded in honour’s robes

condemned for ? being
a prodigy
unmindful of social decorum
courting and embracing art
disregarding vain authority

Truth, the hardest rock, disconcerts
Sheltering behind walls of glass,
they dread the pen, fear the brush
devoid of honeyed accents

Wait for reviews to appear before taking sides
Secret, grudging worship
never acknowledged in public
They wait till the artist is past caring
to judge his art
speeches kept ready
to be read at the last breath

Omission rectified, photographs taken
They pose smilingly, a noble deed done
Art relegated to idolatry
Artist banished into history
-Reena Prasad

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About Reena Prasad

Reena Prasad is a poet from India, now based in Sharjah. She has several poems published in English anthology collections (Change, Indus Valley, Love in Verses, Musings—a Mosaic, eight anthologies by Barry Mowles and Friends and 10 of Brian Wrixon’s anthologies, also in online jounals: Carty’s Poetry Journal, Indian Ruminations, Indian Review and in online magazines such as Youth Ki Awaaz and Thanal Online. . Her poems have found place among the winning entries in contests by Writer's Cafe, Ekphrasis India and Poets Corner. She is a contributor to many international journals like The Copperfield Review, First Literary Review-East, Angle Journal etc

4 thoughts on “Honoured and dead

  1. Nalini Srivastava

    Reena,hats off for so deftly dealing with a important yet ignored fact.The very first stanza is so complete in itself.simply amazing work.


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