“On the College Wall” A Poem by S Joseph

Poet S Joseph. Sept 2012

A newspaper cutting on extinct fish
Is pasted on the college wall
The ones who pasted it dissolved among the other students

Images of swimming fish are there with the news
Through the pictures plenty of paths open
To the inland ponds and sylvan streams

While looking on, a thought pops up:
Will my race also become such a news tomorrow?

Extinctions have become an inevitable truth on the planet
Some animals are already in the protected list
Even the tiger

As I toddle everyday
When I turn the corner
I weep remembering my race
Facing the threat of extinction
                                                                    Translated from Malayalam by Ajay Sekher

Poet before his new home at Pattithanam, Etumanur. 22 Sept 2012.


S Joseph a leading poet in Malayalam may be reached at sjosephkavi@gmail.com or 91 9846687101.

“Butterflies” A poem by S Joseph

Striped Tigers in Kurinji Kavu, Palai
Butterflies are artists who fly around
With paintings in both the hands
They exhibited paintings to the people
When there was no such practice
Later cave paintings, murals and canvases emerged
The fleeting butterflies still fly around with paintings
As larva they had no paintings at hand
They are both worms and painted wings
They combine ugliness with beauty and make the ugly beautiful
Human childhood walks after the flying butterflies
Holding a painting in each hand
Humans shed their wings when they grow
And then they crawl as worms for the rest of the life.

Translated from Malayalam by Ajay Sekher

S Joseph is a leading poet in Malayalam. He teaches at Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam. Mobile: 9745159490

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