Old Man's Death

There may be a very small comfort
In knowing yourself finally
Useless – when even grandchildren
Have grown beyond your love,
And your would-be widow
Has outhobbled you and
Wont be around to break with
One or two of her last thick tears,
And not caring much for
Your fellowmen, the doctors
Wont get your body –
To know how simply you
Will be bundled away, startling
A lifelong friend who finds
He cannot mourn
At the quick and easy changes:
A sprinkling of water,
The disappearance of an odour,
A turn of bed-sheets, leaving
A bed, a chair,
Perhaps a whole room,
With clarity in them.

[From: Poems; Publisher: Nissim Ezekiel, Mumbai, 1966]

by Gieve Patel

Comments (6)

Woman! ! ! ! Love and art. Thanks for your comment on my poem. Stay blessed always.
Love and art! ! The fragrance of life and the romance of nature! ! ! Woman. Thanks for your comment on my poem. Stay blessed always.
A beautiful poem. Lovingly penned.10
Those pictures are sculpted in the deepest recess of ones heart...stay there for ever and ever
Thinking about lovely life basing on reflation of face and attractiveness is amazing really. This is wonderful poem shared..10
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