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A Monkey's Fall

by Rajender Krishan
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Innocent little monkey
instinctively swaying and swinging
from one tree to another
had a tragic fall;
a pointed stone
pierced his forearm
Screaming and howling
he gathered himself
to inspect the injury
Listening to his wails
the societal group
of the lawless jungle
thronged with anxious concerns
but none was a shaman
Each one 
       a frantic wily doyen 
pricked inanely
the raw and tender
bleeding spot
eagerly enquiring:
What, How, Why, Where?
Totally apathetic to his agony
The grim interrogative stabs
of the social carnage
copiously gangrened the wound 
The fallen monkey
        not by the fall,
but by the gaucherie  
of the reckless doyens


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Comments on this Poem

Comment Nice depiction of loss of sensibilities towards animals. Its so strange due to our encroachments over their areas monkeys being helpless come to the city areas to look for food and shelter .What an injustice? Sad they cannot even claim for the property that the humans have stolen or grabbed from them. Hypocrits are bothered only about their selfish motives and exploit nature, animals and women to whatever extent they can. We only know to debate on issues but don't actually act towards protection of animals. Nice poem to create awareness. Congrats.

Mohini Gurav
25-Aug-2013 01:12 AM

Comment Good take on monkey business... and indeed, a powerful satire on the mismanagement that suits well to the present political conditions .

farhat farooqui
23-Oct-2012 07:35 AM

Comment A poignant poem on the insensitivity of the society to individual suffering and trauma!

Arundhati Sarkar
17-Oct-2012 10:32 AM

Comment This is perhaps one of the best poetry giving vent to social apathy and cynicism on the part of an individual who terribly feels wounded in a given situation.Thanks for the composition

17-Oct-2012 07:14 AM

Comment Didn;t we know this?
Yes, ..... We did.
But I am glad that you made me remember.
Of spring ...Of summer ... Of Fall ....Of winter.
There was all
A compete Year ..lost and fulfilled.

Saswata Paul
17-Oct-2012 05:18 AM

Comment 16 October 2012
TO:Mr.Rajender Krishan
On the occasion of death of your beloved dog you wrote a poem and some correspondent made a very illuminating remark -

"There is no difference between love of GOD and love of DOG"
Can 'Monkey' be added to list, or for that matter the entire animal world not excluding humans? Rajendra-ji, you have a very sensitive mind towards tragedy of all living beings on earth where many, including myself, have a mental block to be sufficiently compassionate with the ailing ones.
Rajat Das Gupta

Rajat Das Gupta
16-Oct-2012 08:45 AM

Comment A very apt description of the contemporary society through startling phrases and new images---vintage Rajenderji.

sunil sharma
15-Oct-2012 22:57 PM

Comment interesting poem

15-Oct-2012 14:55 PM

Comment A poem full of wisdom. A sad reflection on society.

Dipankar Dasgupta
15-Oct-2012 03:45 AM

Comment The last stanza is superb. It hits straight at the bulls eye.

V.K. Joshi
15-Oct-2012 03:19 AM

Comment Multiple layers make it a very good poem. So touching.Quite apt for the day.Regards.

T.S.Chandra Mouli
15-Oct-2012 02:46 AM

Comment Very insightful indeed!

15-Oct-2012 01:26 AM

Comment It goes to prove that sometimes, simple gestures of solace from too caring elders through their well meant awkward gestures are worse than the wounds. See wonderful irony there in your apt vocabulary. Kudos.

Seshu Chamarty
15-Oct-2012 00:52 AM

Comment wonderful..sir

Srikant Mohanty
15-Oct-2012 00:42 AM

In spite of sophisticated means of communication; the humanity in the depth of hearts (disunited, scattered), is still left in agony; deprived of the panacea NAMASMARAN (JAP, JAAP, SIMARAN, SUMIRAN; i.e. remembering the true self); and holistic expression and assertion; realize holistic renaissance.

15-Oct-2012 00:36 AM

Comment Happily, marrily
goes a man
caught by police
put him in jail
cries and cries
no justice
man lingers
but inglorious police

man but gives up
washes hand to
die for what
and why?

G to answer!

pranlal sheth
14-Oct-2012 23:08 PM

Comment A tragic fall! Good satire!

Pavalamani Pragasam
14-Oct-2012 22:46 PM

Comment The monkey is man!

Watch the words:
"societal group
of the lawless ..."
"thronged with anxious concerns"

"eagerly enquiring:
What, How, Why, Where?
Totally apathetic to his agony"

"....interrogative stabs
of the social carnage"

"succumbed not by the fall,
but by the gaucherie of the reckless doyens"


Raja Mutthirulandi
14-Oct-2012 22:25 PM

Comment I remember the antics of Dr. Manmohan Singh and the UPA people after reading your satirical poem. They are evading the corruption issues in the same way... nice satirical subtext

Dr.Ratan Bhattacharjee
14-Oct-2012 22:13 PM

Comment a lesson to be considered

Susan Dale
14-Oct-2012 20:48 PM

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