Nissim Ezekiel
Urban by Nissim Ezekiel

Urban by Nissim Ezekiel

The hills are always far away.He knows the broken roads, and movesIn circles tracked within his head.Before he wakes and has his say,The river which he claims he lovesIs dry, and ...

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Goodbye Party For Miss Pushpa T.S. by Nissim Ezekiel

Goodbye Party For Miss Pushpa T.S. by Nissim Ezekiel

Friends,our dear sister is departing for foreign in two three days,and we are meeting todayto wish her bon voyage. You are all knowing, friends, What sweetness is in Miss Pushpa.I ...

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The Patriot by Nissim Ezekiel

The Patriot by Nissim Ezekiel

I am standing for peace and non-violence.Why world is fighting fightingWhy all people of worldAre not following Mahatma Gandhi,I am simply not understanding.Ancient Indian Wisdom ...

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The Hill by Nissim Ezekiel

The Hill by Nissim Ezekiel

This normative hilllike all othersis transparently accessible,out thereand in the mind,not to be missedexcept in peril of one's life.Do not muse on itfrom a distance:it's not ...

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Minority Poem by Nissim Ezekiel

Minority Poem by Nissim Ezekiel

In my room, I talk to my invisible guests: they do not argue, but wait Till I am exhausted, then they slip away with inscrutable faces. I lack the means to change their amiable ...

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Soap by Nissim Ezekiel

Soap by Nissim Ezekiel

Some people are not having manners,this I am always observing,For example other day I findI am needing soapFor ordinary washing myself purposes.So I'm going to one small ...

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Jewish Wedding In Bombay by Nissim Ezekiel

Jewish Wedding In Bombay by Nissim Ezekiel

Her mother shed a tear or two but wasn't reallycrying. It was the thing to do, so she did itenjoying every moment. The bride laughed when Isympathized, and said don't be silly.Her ...

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The Professor by Nissim Ezekiel

The Professor by Nissim Ezekiel

Remember me? I am Professor Sheth.Once I taught you geography. NowI am retired, though my health is good. My wife died some years back.By God's grace, all my childrenAre well ...

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Philosophy by Nissim Ezekiel

Philosophy by Nissim Ezekiel

There is a place to which I often go,Not by planning to, but by a flowAway from all existence, to a coldLucidity, whose will is uncontrolled.Here, the mills of God are never ...

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Island by Nissim Ezekiel

Island by Nissim Ezekiel

Unsuitable for song as well as sense the island flowers into slums and skyscrapers, reflectingprecisely the growth of my mind. I am here to find my way in it. Sometimes I cry for ...

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Night Of The Scorpion by Nissim Ezekiel

Night Of The Scorpion by Nissim Ezekiel

I remember the night my motherwas stung by a scorpion. Ten hoursof steady rain had driven himto crawl beneath a sack of rice.Parting with his poison - flash of diabolic tail in ...

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Poet, Lover, Birdwatcher by Nissim Ezekiel

Poet, Lover, Birdwatcher by Nissim Ezekiel

To force the pace and never to be stillIs not the way of those who study birdsOr women. The best poets wait for words.The hunt is not an exercise of willBut patient love relaxing ...

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