Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The story of Ramdas

He wore quaint pajamas,
saffron in color, with name of Ram
scribbled in eighteen languages,
in a menagerie of colors.

His mother washed dishes,
cooked for others, cleaned houses,
her spirit was what people paid for –
full of optimism.

He was born, not to worry,
a child in man, a harmless houseguest,
filling birdbath, creating with crayons
a menagerie of colors.

His mother as devotee of Ram,
traveled to Ayodhaya, Varanasi, Mathura, Prayag,
approached Sadhus, miracle workers,
full of optimism.

Last Dussera, he was run over
by a Ram, hurrying to the Ramlila ground.
He celebrated in bloodbath, as Ravana exploded into
a menagerie of colors.

Aug 22, 2006


Vivek said...

From Dud Sea Scrawls:

this was good reading
By bilbobaggins on Thu, 2006-09-21 04:15

liked the use of the line ” a menagerie of colors”
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bard-of-bucks :-P
By ssm on Thu, 2006-09-21 16:51

nice one, resident poet-laureate of star-upon-bucks … i see the output is as heady as ever !
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liked it!!
By Silent Melody on Thu, 2006-09-21 12:22

liked it!! How did u get the idea for this?
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Professor, Thats a nice
By Pradzie on Thu, 2006-09-21 10:18


Thats a nice one! But is this a real story? What happened to the mother?
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The Writing Challenge:)
By Vivek on Thu, 2006-09-21 16:56

Lets see, we can have a DSS slam of sorts like this (my poetry assignment), and let me assign the required inputs.

Write a poem or short story, less than 25 lines (1000 words for story), with the following:

1) Must be comedy
2) Have three characters: Salman Rushdie, George Bush and Brian Lara
3) No rhyme (for poem)
4) No more than five adjectives, no more than two adverbs (for poem)
5) Incorporate the following words:
Jettison, Comet, salmon, chewing-gum, lipstick

Who ever takes up the assigment, posts these on DSS on Monday morning (ok, lets be more clear about time: between 10 PM to 12 PM IST or 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM EST or 9:30 to 11:30 AM Pacific time on the Monday) Each one of us has four days or so to write it up:)
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Ramdas: the idea
By Vivek on Thu, 2006-09-21 16:53

I am sitting through a Poetry writing class under Thomas Lux. He asked us to write a twenty line poem, with at most four adjectives, and at most one adverb, include the words birdbath and pyjamas in it, avoid first person, avoid end rhyme and couplets and avoid use of “to be” verbs (was could have etc). The dozen students in the class turned in very different poems, and this was my entry.
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