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by Rajender Krishan
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While
reading out a story-book
about values and morals
to my six year old
grand-daughter Isha,
the phone bell rang.

My wife picked up
and responded ... ... ...
seeking my reply
...
I was in no mood to talk
so blurted out to her:
 
    "Tell the person I'm not at home!"

Hanging up the phone
my wife retorted:
 
    "You just sowed
    the seeds of dishonesty
    in your grand-daughter
    with this example!"
...
Concealing my shame
I replied slyly: 
 

    "Oh, come on -
    this was just politics

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October 09, 2012
More By: Rajender Krishan
Views: 1080      Comments: 18

Comments on this Poem

Comment Nice one-

Santosh

Santosh Mishra
10/11/2012 09:10 AM

Comment Absolutely true. The satire is devastating. The proverb should now be like this : He is a politician but honest.....

Dr.Ratan Bhattacharjee
10/10/2012 11:23 AM

Comment Thanks all for reading, reviewing and commenting.

Raj
10/10/2012 11:13 AM

Comment
It's a good satire- politicians let everyone including children lie for them- a corrupt breed!

Aju Mukhopadhyay
10/10/2012 10:57 AM

Comment 10 October, 2012
TO: Mr. Rajender Krishan
There was a knock at the main door. Somebody was looking for the head of the family. The man asked his son to go and tell the visitor, "Go and tell the man that father is not at home". The boy rushed to the main door and told the visitor, "Father asked me to tell you that father is not at home".
This is naivete.
Rajat Das Gupta.

Rajat Das Gupta
10/10/2012 09:29 AM

Comment very timely

Susan Dale
10/10/2012 08:23 AM

Comment Good One. Whether Politics or diplomacy, we cannot part it

PGR

pgrnair
10/10/2012 06:12 AM

Comment Well! This is good..and emphasizes VALUE of moment to moment alertness..and composure...

SHRINIWAS KASHALIKAR
10/10/2012 01:41 AM

Comment I have no idea how a poetry is composed. But I know the satires well. What sounded like an ideal grandparent turned the tables to throw the blame on the politicians was indeed a satire that hit very well.
Keep it up bhai, I think you are giving a new direction to satirical poetry!

V.K. Joshi
10/10/2012 01:22 AM

Comment I am not an avid reader of english poems . But enjoy reading kannada poems. For the first time I relished this simple english poem which describes politics and politicians in very simple words. Good job sir.

Dr.Savitha Suri
10/10/2012 01:11 AM

Comment While i agree honesty is the best policy, there is also a need for white lies in this crazily illogical, twisting, challenging journey of life. Often , it causes less harm than the immediate truth! I could be wrong and people are free to disagree/ argue with me, but i guess a subtle understanding of what is white lies and what is not, are the cues you should be allowing kids at home to pick up!

Aditi Kane
10/09/2012 23:03 PM

Comment Sure, the moral is made poetic. But...is it prose sentences cut into stanzas? A fable in verse!

Pavalamani Pragasam
10/09/2012 23:03 PM

Comment A good satire on today's politicians. Tha last line of the poem took me by surprise.

Prem Verma

Prem Prakash Verma
10/09/2012 22:40 PM

Comment Beautiful!
Sums up the politics so well. Evasive, dishonest politics that is leading to distorted facts and dis-content. Well done, Rajenderji!

sunilsharma
10/09/2012 22:07 PM

Comment HONESTY IS THE BEST KEY WHICH STRATS FROM HOME

VIJAY NAYAR
10/09/2012 22:00 PM

Comment good..she has dared to speak the truth

srikant
10/09/2012 21:43 PM

Comment You have hit the nail on the head and more pertinently on Indian Politics. Dishonesty is the Mantra constantly on display in the shop windows and backrooms of Indian Politics.

Dr. Subash Kapila
10/09/2012 21:41 PM

Comment Raj has invited comment on what he brands 'this new form of poetry': well, at least it has punctuation and obeys grammatical rules unlike the poems, say, of e e cummings, who refered to himself as 'i'. Whatever its form the prime requirement of poetry is conveyance of something that, given the parameters of meaning it adopts, is not addled by bad sense or bad taste.

Even nonsense verse is redeemed by the understanding that it is nonsense verse; however, verse that is talking sense is addled by a nonsense phrase. This is the most common fault of poetry, and it varies in its off-putting effect as the intelligence of the reader discerns or rates as significant in the context of the whole poem.

Being who you are, a popular figure, anything structured as a poem is immediately warmly received, and a lot of warts are glossed over in the general tone of the poem. I'm sure. Thus success of a poem is also an indicator of its popular appeal on less than strictly literary grounds a critic might employ.

The form you employ is readily comprehensiblle and simple, even though verses are separated by '...' It is innocent in its affectation. But you have set out to talk sense, so sense has to be sustained, even to sustain the wit. I think your regular readers will have become fine-tuned to the quality of your wit, and so it will be a good read.

rdashby
10/09/2012 20:30 PM




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