Ponmudi: 1989

With songs laughter catcalls and mixture
We snaked up Ponmudi; the drizzle

Teased us from outside and the cold wind
Slanted into

Celluloid city-bred eyes. We got down
Twice or thrice to strike

Ungainly poses at unusual places
And cursed the mist

For taunting us —
Grave

Small children and disinterested
Tall women picking tea-leaves

Followed us up as we braked
At the top. Tailor-made for the tourist trade:

Cottages, restaurant, and a shop selling
Rubber slippers, chocolate and Carefree

Woke up to receive
A camera – clicking

Giggling honeymoon couple
Five unassuming strangers

And us. We wandered and observed
As the drizzle dried up

Tiptoeing away with our cigarette packs
The kleptomaniac wind at work, We met

A dissident mongrel deer
With an honorary degree in human psychology

Pressing against barbed wire
To be fed by fellow prisoners. Our sudden

Explorers
Returned with smooth round stones

To suit their different sizes. Our itching
Horticulturists and trekkers

Slippers in hand scratched themselves
Back to reality. Ears blocked

Two hours filled
With stray coughs and one vomiting later

When we retraced our steps to the coach
And hurried down

Hairpin bends with the sun
And the silent ageless hills

Sticking to the mind
Like the passionate leeches of Ponmudi

A young girl asked:
“What was there to see?”

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About VijayNair

I retired as Associate Professor, Department of English, Government Victoria College Palakkad, Kerala. I taught English Language and Literature in various colleges for 31 years. My Ph.D. thesis was on the plays of Wole Soyinka. My collections of verse include "The City and the Hermitage" (1988), "Doors Swing Open" (2008), "Eyes" (2010) and "Whispers of Light in Darkness" (2013). My poems have also appeared in the International Anthologies "I am a Poet" (2013), "With Love" (2013), "Synthesis" (2014) "Poetic Symphonies" (2015) and "Heavenly Hymns" (2015).

6 thoughts on “Ponmudi: 1989

  1. shamsher

    Simply awesome . it carries the readers on to the adventure at ponmudi and one can also feel the lassitude of that young girl.

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  2. Maaya Dev

    Author sketched the imagery vividly with poetic skill and helped reader to have a virtual trip to Ponmudi, one of the high range tourist spot at South India Kerala. Lovely.

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