Poisonous Sting

by Satish Verma - Date: 2007-10-06 - Word Count: 93 Share This!

After mutilated entities
thrown into oblivion,
thoughts leave the brain,
giving themselves to elements of acquiescence,
not breaking from the matrix.

Sheltered memories,
papyrus knives,
and marshmallow nights
bring fullness to eyes and salted tears.

Home spun jokes and spinning hands
start an acrimonious debate
about bad sex and intolerable heat.

He refuses to put up the pretensions,
lies, which were privileged truths,
did not impress him.
His devotion to pain was very paradoxical
like saving a scorpion who had bit him
with pincers and a poisonous sting.

A social scar, deviated sense,
face to face with the inevitable;
Confusion looks straight in the eyes
No body dares to speak for the downtrodden.


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Satish Verma

Satish Verma was born in 1935, did his post graduation in Botany in 1957.
At the age of 18, he started writing poems in Hindi and got them published in various journals. In 1957 he started a literary journal called Lahar (The Wave...) which immediately became a grand success and sold like hot cakes.
In the early 60's he successfully tried his hand at translating the classic works of Ravindra Nath Tagore like Balaka, Jyoti-Kanikain and Manimal into Hindi which were hailed as landmarks in the art and craft of translation.
His versatility and creativity almost goaded him to compose poems of a different sort and a class by themselves which came out in volumes like Prayaas and 1974 and Other Poems.
In 1980 his first- ever collection of English poems called INWARD JOURNEY saw the light of the day, which was well received and reviewed in various journals and magazines in India and abroad.
And all these years he was teaching Botany to graduate students.
In 1980 itself he started a social project of Holistic therapies called SEWA MANDIR which in due course of time has become the biggest institute of charitable kind in Asia. Sewa Mandir, however, was also in a way responsible for making Satish the poet undergo a long hibernation. And for about 25 years he did not write a single word.
And suddenly the creating urge erupted almost in a volcanic fashion and for the last two years he has been writing literally daily without any compromise with profundity, infact.
He has been rightly called "a talented poet" by Mark O'Connor, the Olympic poet of Australia and John Kinsella has found "Certainly something interesting and spiritual and tough! happening" in the poetry of Satish Verma. While Christopher Rollason has been impressed by "a strong and elegant line, forcible rhythms, and memorable use of alliteration and assonance" in the recent masterpieces of Satish Verma, E.E. Sule finds Satish's poems "exhilarating" exhibiting "a restless spirit in a surrealistic quest..." .
Satish's poems written during the last couple of years will shortly be published in his forthcoming volume called Beyonds & BetwÄ"on.
Presently he lives in Ajmer, INDIA.
He can also be reached at kantasatish@gmail.com

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