Theme: Irony

To Herman Melville

by Prof. Dr. Anil K. Prasad
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Against waves,
Boats crash
The passsionate fisherman moves
Fast pursuing the white whale,
His passion, the stoic determination of
A Santiago, indulges in meandering monologues,
Companionless, surrounded by crowded passions,
Struggles and comes to a tragic end,
It seems an achievement of a life-time! 
One–eyed captain, lame, strangled to death,
Determined  to do and die. 
Life is a struggle
On a watery surface, blue, beautiful, abundant
Beguiling eventually, a beautiful eventuality,
It seems, it sings first, strolls with the lions
On the beautiful beaches of Africa, Papa’s
Eyes close for ever, after a shot was heard in the ear.
Struggle ends, actions motionless, breath stops,
The doer dies in deed, indeed!
Life remains an unfinished text,
Wishes bewail in a brittle cage,
To be, remain unfulfilled,
In the dust roll like an enigmatic                                         
Beast of burden doomed,  
And done for at the end, ends a tale
Which began in a dark, promising
Night, with ululations of euphoria
With a bawl of hope. 
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Comments on this Poem

Comment Very impressive and insightful description of life. In its struggle, flactuation and cheangeability life is really like the sea and what characterizes it. In a word, these lines reflects only a great and illuminating intellect .

Dr. Helaly
26-Sep-2012 06:28 AM

Comment An excellent poem with rich allusions.

24-Sep-2012 08:16 AM

Comment Your poetry shall be remembered and used as a part of a curriculum in future...
The depth of projection of life's struggle and philosophy are commendable...
The ease of the use of vocabulary is another art which exhibits the wisdom of the poet...
Thank You for such an excellent composition....
Let this flow continue please do not stop...

23-Sep-2012 23:47 PM

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