Tears now and then, p.1
TEARS NOW AND THEN, p.1
TEARS NOW AND THEN
(A collection of poems on Life penned during 2013)
Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar (India)
Author and Publisher – E Book
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About the Poet :
Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar was born in 1942, in Tamilnadu, India. He retired from the Rubber Board , Government of India, as Dy. Rubber Production Commissioner, in 2002 . Currently he is Secretsry, Chennai Poets Circle. He has been writing his thoughts in verses since 1995 and online from 2003 onwards.. He has penned more eight thousand and five hundred till date, on various fields with far reaching thoughts.. He has got vide online audience. The poet is an atheist; his poems would reflect his disbeliefs in God, Soul, Rebirth and Heaven. He has taste for Psychology, Philosophy and literature. He is influenced to a great deal by the works of William Shakespeare and Thomas Hardy.
I have immense pleasure to share with you a collection of poems, small and long, about life penned during 2013 by the way of this book. This book consists of 192 poems about life, contradictions, conflicts with relation to societies in a style suited to common people of all adults across the globe. Some of them much thought provoking and some for introspection. Almost all poems are in blank verse type and metric. I dedicate this book to my parents.
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6.The First Love
8.Have Pride and Vanity
9.Time is body
10.Darwin & Lincoln – An ovation
11.Blushes are Jewels
12. Is man a winner or a loser
13.The Concept of the Soul
14.Credits & Discredits
15. How Badly Good !
16.The clown And the Fool
17.Death And Birth
18.The Effect Of the Entropy
19.Tears Now And Then
20.Credits And Discredits
Have An Alternative. 10
No Time Left For Correction 11
Tears Now And Then 11
Must You Claim Your Right? 12
Impulsive Actions Purred. 12
Go Through The Imaginary. 12
Perfection, A Case Study 13
Be A Wagging Dog. 13
Then The Pardon Is The Punishment. 13
No More Than A Mirror 13
Value The Uniform. 14
The Betrayal 14
Empathy Is Pillars 14
The Growth Of Ego 15
Images Have No Age. 15
Corrosive Tears 15
Understanding The Scripts 16
Trees Aren’t Ashamed Of Their Roots. 16
The Standing Remembrance 16
Take Different Routes. 17
Harvesting Dissatisfaction 17
To Feel At Peak Is To Feel Good. 17
Friendships And Relationships 18
Spouses Are Partners. 18
To Carve A Name 18
Apathy Of Good Men 18
Adopt One To Serve 18
Good Citizens 19
Crazy For Titles 19
Today’s Best 19
Man’s Demands 19
Nature At The Hand Of Man 19
Good Manners 20
Love Gives Meaning To Life. 20
To love, Shed Self-love. 20
A Man's Aspiration 20
Be With Him 20
Wait. You’ll Come Up. 21
Seeing People 21
Freedom Of Expression 21
Credits For The Age 21
Basic Traits Are They. 21
To Aspire Rather Than Expect 22
So Soon Had He Died. 22
Don’t Fight For Replacement. 22
The Unfair Remembrance 22
A minimum Gratefulness 22
To Stop Self-pity 23
Faith Is Lost As Wholesale 23
Sheep For Shepherd 23
The Moving Mass 23
Share The Glory. 23
Make Comfort Zones. 24
No One Is True To You. 24
Attachments Are Removed. 24
Practise Promptness. 24
The Old Beg Their Children. 24
Credits To The Body 25
Don’t Count On Offspring 25
Curses Inevitable 25
A Solitary Living 26
The Society Must Condemn. 26
Dishonesty At A Check 27
One’s Name Dies With One. 27
The One To Love Most 27
Siblings And Offspring 28
Relation Is A Prejudice. 28
To Sustain Friendship 28
Let Me Go With Good Hopes. 28
Inefficiencies Are Pets. 28
Parents Are Spared. 29
Indian Systems Of Politics 29
Rules Are For Harmony. 29
Mothers To Children 30
Cancerous Effects 30
Let us play. 30
The crowd turning fanatic 31
Professional Killers 31
The Good And The Bad Die. 31
Refuse The Excess. 31
In A Death… 32
Punters Are Pathetic. 32
Sympathy Waves 32
I Am His Tormentor. 33
Other Species Would Outlive Man. 33
Follies Are Interesting 33
Contempt And Acceptance 33
Men Are My Friends. 34
Regrets Accumulate. 34
Two Phases 34
Not To Be Held In Contempt 34
The Deluded Ownership 35
For Children To Emulate 35
Efforts And Merits 35
To Clear The Debts 36
Who Is To Be Blamed? 36
Feel The Moment ‘Now’. 36
Draw hopes. 37
Get Positive Energy. 37
Be Less Judgmental. 37
Biography Is A Story. 38
Forgiveness Is An Effort. 38
Regularize it. 38
Be Sincere To Smiling. 39
Who Is Harmful? 39
Means And Ends 39
The Livelihood Matters. 39
Judgment’s influence 40
The Growth Driven Set Up 40
Unity Of Siblings 40
Unity Of Siblings 41
Revisits Enthrall. 41
The time bound relevance 41
Rely On You. 41
No Time To Serve 41
Freedom to India 42
One’s Loftiness 42
Causes Of Divorces 42
The Smooth Transition 42
The Secret About The Secret 43
The Tragic Humans 43
Stand Great. 43
The Mother Superior 43
Observe, Instead Of Musing. 44
Be Not Below A Beggar. 44
Heads And Tails 44
Mourn The Deaths Of The Low. 44
Why Is India Slipping? 45
Loyalty Is The Base. 45
Pay Two To Get One. 45
Bear With Children. 45
A Sadist Mother 45
Possessive Of Mother 46
Be A Man. 46
Be Fair Yet. 46
To Get Peace 46
Don’t Mock The Past. 46
God Send Love 47
Human Errors 47
Woes Of The old Continue. 47
I Do To Up Me. 48
No Way Is Ever Good. 48
Big Leaders Are Desperate. 48
Don’t Count Before Hatching. 48
Exercises Wasteful 48
Social Animals 49
Is Not Man Fortunate? 49
Ownerships Give A Hold. 49
To Learn And To Be Not Taught 50
Progresses Are Limited. 50
Females Double Chased 50
Scrupulousness Has No Place. 51
God Manifest In Them. 51
Honesty Cannot Manage Wealth. 51
Traces On The Earth 51
Value Of The Mother Tongue 52
Bridge The Gap. 52
Intentions Of The Causes 52
One Is Hardly Good. 52
Fear The God. 52
To Rise Is For A Fall. 53
The Doctor Is The God. 53
How Does Human Race Last? 53
Bharat Ratna 53
The Future Counts 53
The Public Properties 54
Values Declines. 54
To Trim The Body 55
Extracurricular Activities 55
Think Of The Progeny. 55
His Father’s Grit 55
For Fewer Humiliations 56
Must We Be Smart? 56
The Voice of Reason (for shanmugam) 56
Reviews of Fellow Poets 57
Bio Data of the Author 58
Have An Alternative.
A dove perched on a tree to rest.
It displayed some easy confidence.
It is not that the branch was solid
Or that it has got two adept claws.
It is that the bird has a pair of wings
With which to fly in case it slips down.
An alternative gives confidence.
No Time Left For Correction
Parents will know their children
When they are at their death bed.
Siblings would know each other
When they share the parents’ things.
Husbands would know about spouses
When they go down penniless.
Wives would know about husbands
When they go past their menopause.
Such knowledge is of no use
As it is too late to put it in use.
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Heart Split Apart Or Open.
A heart is broken apart or
Broken open as you decide.
If you take a hurt to your heart,
Then the heart is broken apart,
And the revenge would amend it.
If you reason for the hurt got,
Then the heart is broken open,
Where enters realizations.
Tears Now And Then
Wife lay sick in bed and he was grief struck.
He shed tears that bathed his soul cooler
Than the tears that bathed him warmer
When she made him, with a child, a father.
Must You Claim Your Right?
When you fight for, or claim, your right
You cause the counterpart a loss
And turn blind to the mercy call.
Think twice if the victim is far worse.
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Impulsive Actions Purred.
I don’t seek God for any favour.
I don’t seek God for any relief.
That day when I was taken in
For the surgery I sought mum’s spirit.
Go Through The Imaginary.
Read or watch a tragic story;
Read or watch a romantic scene.
When you get absorbed in the act,
They’d give you catharsis effects.
You identify yourself with events
And experience emotions
Of pity, pathos, love and romance.
Ego will transcend; libido will transcend.
You’ll have lived through the emotions.
It’s a pleasurable relief.
It’s a kind of sublimation
For fulfillment of deficits.
Catharsis will leave you harmless.
The will to live will involve pain
Through desires, which you can limit
By taking shelter in any arts.
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Perfection, A Case Study
To strive for perfection is a waste of time.
To do the best you can, is the best of time.
Perfection has no sets of definition.
Doing your best can perfect your action.
Perfection depends on outside judgment.
Doing your best responds to your merriment.
Perfection might frustrate you, and fail you.
Doing the best you can, would satiate you.
Perfection is an ongoing process,
Like a mirage, always moving ahead.
Imperfection can adorn perfection.
A mole on a moon face adds attraction.
Be yourself, doing the best that you can,
And bring passion to what you are doing.
Be A Wagging Dog.
However low be my birth place
And however poor my parents were,
I shall not shy boasting of them,
To whom I am a wagging dog.
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Then The Pardon Is The Punishment.
I shall pardon him if he asks for it.
It means I want his humiliation
As an exchange to the pardon proposed.
Such pardon is as good as punishment.
No More Than A Mirror
Relatives are a good set of people
You keep with deletion and addition
To act as a mirror for you to see
How high you’re in relation to them.
Value The Uniform.
The uniform lends looks and confidence.
Police uniforms make people grovel.
Robes of judges make people revere.
One must behave to the uniform worn.
It is applicable to all who wear them,
Be he a watchman or a school student.
The uniform must compel respects;
Otherwise, it would become a costume.
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The pathetic betrayal
Is break promises
Given by one to one’s parents
Or the one who trusted,
At the time of their demises.
If you encourage it,
You’ll face the same for you.
Empathy Is Pillars
If someone has been hostile to us
We brood on it and repay it to him.
If someone has made us victims
We take it to make others victims.
If someone has been beneficent,
We get no adequate drive to repay it.
If someone has helped us in distress
We don’t go forward to help others.
Sword for sword but not bread for bread;
Such trend grows at the cost of empathy.
Unless parents become role models
And put a check, the pillars will crack.
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The Growth Of Ego
A player, a skipper and a coach;
A lover, a father and a grand pa;
A learner, an earner, and a donor;
The growth of ego, be each one given.
Images Have No Age.
My lady-love last seen long ago
Is still young and lovely in her image
That I carry with me over years.
My long lost friend I am indebted to,
Is still young and friendly in his image
That I retain with me over long time.
Heroines of old cinemas enthrall.
My last seen bullies remain so in me.
I too would be to them as I’d been then.
They might have grown beyond recognition.
Changes would have come in their attitudes.
Yet, I’ve anxiety to renew their images.
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The pain that hope couldn’t lessen,
The pain that drugs couldn’t bring down
And the pain that gods didn’t pull down
Dissolved in the tears shed by the dying one.
Understanding The Scripts
He wrote her a poem that he left and left.
She got it, read it and understood it,
About which there was no feedback for him.
Did she take it as he wanted her to?
Neither of them could be aware of that.
She was not bothered and he was helpless.
It is the fate of all literature.
Let us play them according to our whims.
Trees Aren’t Ashamed Of Their Roots.
However low or bad in others’ eyes
Are your parents, be them not so in your eyes.
They count on you and you must stand by them.
No tree is ashamed of its roots, tart though.
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The Standing Remembrance
Parents and, perhaps, their parents
Frequent in my thoughts post their deaths.
Only their photos hang on my walls.
It’s their tombs I visit since then.
Uncles and aunts are forgotten,
Once dead, for such remembrances.
Children and, perhaps, their children
Would keep me in thought post my death.
Only they would hang my photo.
It’s they who will visit my tomb.
Brothers and sisters are nowhere
With such remembrance post my death.
Have these in mind when you apportion
Your things to your progeny in the end.
Take Different Routes.
Don’t write frequently.
Don’t visit frequently.
You will become cheap.
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