Tuesday, 15 November 2016

"We Want You Both"

Amaravati poetic prism 2016 (International Multilingual poetic meet) was organized by the Cultural centre of Vijayawada & Amaravati on 13th & 14th November 2016 at Vijayawada. I recited the following poem in Malayalam which was inspired by Supreme court judgement of Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Robinton Nariman conveying court’s dismay and alarm at how family splits psychologically affect children and its impact on society.
A translation of the same in English is given at the bottom

രണ്ടു് പേരും വേണം

“മൂത്തവൻ നിനക്ക്
ഇളയവൾ  എനിക്ക്‌”
കൂടെ വാശിയും, വൈരാഗ്യവും പങ്കിടുമ്പോൾ
അറിയുന്നോ നിങ്ങൾ
റൊട്ടി   കഷ്ണത്തിൻ ഇടയിൽ
പിടയും പിഞ്ചു പൈതലുകളിൻ അവസ്ഥ …

വേദന,  ആഘാതം ഏകാന്തത
പിന്നീട് അപകർഷ ബോധം
പേറിയുള്ള ജീവിതം
ഒരു ആയുഷ് കാലം വരെ….

നില്കു,ചിന്തിക്കു,, , പരിഗണിക്കു
എടുത്തു ചാടും മുന്പ്, ഒരു നിമിഷം
"ഇത് നിങ്ങളുടെ മാത്റം കഥയല്ല
ഞങ്ങൾക്ക് രണ്ട് പേരും വേണം…."

Randu Perum Venam ( We want you both )

"The elder one for you
younger one for me"
while sharing them, other goods. property
as also anger and revengeful  feelings
are you aware of  the plight
of the struggling,  helpless  ones caught
as in between two pieces of bread...?

pain, shock and loneliness
and later. an inferiority complex
ridden life for
an entire life span... 

Stop, think. consider
for a minute
before you take the leap
"this is not your story alone
we want you both...."


  1. And yet staying in bad relationships is also not an option :(

    1. Very true.

      Also, consider that everyone talks about world peace, friendship, love and so on. If two individuals cannot stay together in harmony and resolve their conflicts, how can one expect harmony and peace in world? Only big ideals :-(

  2. You have a point of course! The decision has to be carefully weighed and not done as a whim or in haste...

  3. I would add one more feeling -- that of vacuum. There is always a feeling of emptiness and something missing from their lives.

  4. Thank you Amit for the value addition!