Images of a Poor Man

I cannot really write of snow,
of tall masts and sails of ships from
ancient worlds
or maces used in battle blows.

Can tell you of reddish-brown drops of resin
on the bark of jackfruit trees
and how they remind me of
of the
smaller things of life;
sweat beads above your upper lip
where you have thin, fine hair
a little dragonfly that lifts itself a little stone
tortured by wanton boys and girls
like you and me from our hometown
and those that come out in droves to die when the lights are on.

Minimalists that poverty makes of us,
how can we ever stride like giant figures on the stage of life?

Can only strut on the streets of grime and dance
like painted leopards that need kerosene to take the
colours off that make them
for a few hours shine.

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Dr A.V. Koshy is presently working as Assistant Professor in Dept. of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Jazan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has authored or co-authored seven or eight books of poetry, theory and criticism. He is an editor and anthologist. He is also a distinguished teacher of the English language and literature and a critic, with a Ph.D in modern poetry, specifically Samuel Beckett's poems in English. He was a Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry in 2012 and his book Art of Poetry was selected as Best Reads 2012 by Butterfly and the Bee. He has been editor's pick on Camel Saloon thrice and poet of the month thrice in Destiny Poets UK besides often having his poems appear in the highly selected category. Has other international awards, diplomas and certificates to his credit too.

2 thoughts on “Images of a Poor Man

  1. pramilakhadun

    The beauties of simplicity, he innocence of lovely feelings,grace and sublime imagery used in the careful crafting of his great poem makes it a poem unparalleled.Great write Dr Koshy.


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