The Professor

Remember me? I am Professor Sheth.
Once I taught you geography. Now
I am retired, though my health is good.
My wife died some years back.
By God's grace, all my children
Are well settled in life.
One is Sales Manager,
One is Bank Manager,
Both have cars.
Other also doing well, though not so well.
Every family must have black sheep.
Sarala and Tarala are married,
Their husbands are very nice boys.
You won't believe but I have eleven grandchildren.
How many issues you have? Three?
That is good. These are days of family planning.
I am not against. We have to change with times.
Whole world is changing. In India also
We are keeping up. Our progress is progressing.
Old values are going, new values are coming.
Everything is happening with leaps and bounds.
I am going out rarely, now and then
Only, this is price of old age
But my health is O.K. Usual aches and pains.
No diabetes, no blood pressure, no heart attack.
This is because of sound habits in youth.
How is your health keeping?
Nicely? I am happy for that.
This year I am sixty-nine
and hope to score a century.
You were so thin, like stick,
Now you are man of weight and consequence.
That is good joke.
If you are coming again this side by chance,
Visit please my humble residence also.
I am living just on opposite house's backside.

by Nissim Ezekiel

Comments (14)

Part 3: Picasso just changed his style into cubism. I know how this portrait looked and so I know that Gertrude Stein has not a lovely face.To tell yo you that her words are lovely, my mind is too occupied. Thank you for sharing this Classic. Congratulations for her descent as the Classic Poem of the Day (yesterday tSaturday the 4th of Feb 2018)
Part 2: I know at this time she was hanging on Picasso's lips to have his paintings sold to her for her gallery.This poem resembles one of Picasso's cubistic paintings, a girl's face in this style.In this Gertrude succeeded. At the time Gertrude ordered a self portrait,
IF I may say in all honesty: This narrated poem is all Gertrude Stein. It has the short cut words she is so familiar with. We, as readers must not take a brief conclusion of our own, on the contrary, this poem needs to be associated with and examined, then we know finally what she meant with her staccato rhythm.
A Gertrude is a Gertrude is a Gertrude is a Gertrude, art and commerce make for difficult bedfellows, especially in America where the latter is important to the former. I'm glad this was chosen as a poem of the day.
A novel way to present her philosophy on society issues in a catch-me-if-you-can manner.
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