Perunthachan

What magic hands were those of yours
Perunthachan!
Out of ether you fashioned
Articles and mansions of perfection.

They said that you were
The sculptor of the Gods – Vishwakarma!
Come down on earth
To make this too a heaven.

Your chisel you wielded
With magic grace
Out of wood you carved
Many a divine face.

There was no architect
In the land, near or far,
Who could be thought of
As at par.

Till one fine day
Envy crept into your heart.
Or was it an artist’s protection
Of his art?

Some say that
The princess’ face
Was carved onto
The Goddess’ statue.

To love outside
One’s caste was forbidden.
And from the royal family
He had chosen.

This deed by your son
Was sacrilege.
To protect him
This sacrifice you had done.

Others say that
it was just
Plain envy
That did it.

Killed your own boy
With your chisel.
Either way
A deed sordid.

Or was it only
A tragic accident?
All we know is
With that a man’s heart was rent.

What piteous emotions
May have arisen
In your heart then
We can only imagine.

The truth lies hidden
For all times
From all men.

Note:( Perunthachan was Kerala’s equivalent of Michaelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci combined.
Examples of his architectural genius can still be seen in parts of Kerala.)

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About Vineetha

Poet, writer, translator, editor Based in India. Has published poems in various anthologies. Is on the translators panel of the Kerala Sahitya Academy. Her poems have been included in the Brian Wrixon anthologies 'Words on the Winds of Change' and 'Women of One World'. She has also coauthored a poem with Gaurangi Patel which has been included in the 'Duet Anthology' brought out by XpressPublications. She has been selected for the ICOP Critics Award for March 2015 and her poem 'Reflections' is on the list of Highly Commended poems for the month selected by Destiny Poets, UK. In April 2015 her poem was published on the blog 'Incredible Women of India'. In the same month, April 2015, her poem 'Ashtavakra' was chosen as the Poem of the Month by Destiny Poets' International Community of Poets. In July 2015 her poem 'Nightscape' was one of the Highly recommended poems by Destiny Poets. So too in October 2015 her poem, 'Peace Always' was in the list of Highly Recommended poems by ICOP. Has been co-editor of 'Umbilical Chords: An Anthology on Parents Remembered'. Her debut poetry collection, 'Ashtavakra and Other Poems' was published in August 2017 by Authorspress, New Delhi

2 thoughts on “Perunthachan

    1. Vineetha Post author

      Thank you, Louis sir. His story is part of the folk lore of Kerala. Wikipedia has a page on the master craftsman with images of his work. There is one of a pillar which I copied but didn’t know how to add it over here.

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