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

Reena R is a poet/writer from India, currently living in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates). Her poems have been published in several anthologies and journals. She is the Destiny Poets UK's Poet of the year for 2014 and one of the editors of The Significant Anthology released in July 2015. She won awards at ‘World Union Of Poet’s’ poetry competition, 2016 and at "As You Like It International Poetry Contest’. She won the Reuel International Prize for poetry, 2018.

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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