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Theme: Perspective

I Write Poems...So What...?

Some say, my poems lack “softness” and “soul”,
How can I be blunt and yet be soft, as a whole?
Issues that I write on are realities, harsh and stark,
Wonder if they can be embellished with poetic spark.
Some say, my poems are so totally of "life" devoid;
Constantly harping on “social issues”, I must avoid.
I say, each to his own – you write what you “feel”,
But then I “think”, “feel” and go on to issues reveal.
To write about social issues, I consider it my duty,
Because of this, some say, my poems lack “beauty”.
Poets to their surroundings are sensitive and aware,
Should they, therefore not their views on issues air?
For me, injustice somewhere, is not just a news item.
It speaks of something really wrong with our system.
My voice may not be heard as I am just a non-entity,
Yet that I should speak up, I do believe with certainty.
I also write poems on “dry” subjects like finance,
At volatility of markets and prices, I look askance.
I watch movement of exchange and interest rates,
I feel truly inspired by Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.
Finally I have this to say to those,
Who advise me to stick to prose:
You adorn poetry with love and grace,
But I’ll continue in my rebellious ways...!


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Comments on this Poem

Comment Simply Great - I can suggest you a topic - Why Gandhi got us freedom? I like your style. After very long time, I have a good pick.

15-May-2014 07:35 AM

Comment Thank you so much, Nathmailji for your generous feedback. Will write something for Mother's Day. Let's see...

Padmaja Iyengar
07-May-2014 13:34 PM

Comment I adorn your poetry with love and grace and suggest you to write a poem on "Mother" because mother's day is very near on 11th May.Wish you a happy Mother's Day Mam.Wish you be a good mom for your children. Wish your pen write more nice
poetry and comments in future for boloji readers.A lot of thank Mam.Thank you very much.

Nathmal Sharma
07-May-2014 07:43 AM

Comment Thanks for always encouraging me, Supratik!

Padmaja Iyengar
03-Apr-2014 14:45 PM

Comment Thanks Supratik for always being so encouraging..!

Padmaja Iyengar
03-Apr-2014 09:27 AM

Comment Poem is ubiquitous...it doesn't exist here by not existing there. It is a perspective from where poem emerges.

Please keep writing your way because there is no high way! :-)


03-Apr-2014 05:57 AM

Comment Thank you very much Kulbir and Madhavi for your encouraging feedback with so much poetic grace and of course, love for me!

Padmaja Iyengar
01-Apr-2014 09:46 AM

Comment Even your most rebellious ways carry their own grace. Just go on and on....!

01-Apr-2014 08:03 AM

Comment Padmaja,

We love you the way you are, and we love your poetry - the way it's flowing, the way it's glowing!

01-Apr-2014 07:50 AM

Comment Thanks a ton Kingshuk, for always encouraging me with your generous feedback.

Padmaja Iyengar
01-Apr-2014 07:06 AM

Comment Keep writing, Padmaja..........Love your poetry! They are so much connected with life........and sometimes they are of lovely learning experience...!

31-Mar-2014 23:59 PM

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