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Once I was a Prince - Part Three

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Once I was a Prince - Part Three

                      Part Three

  ...swishing away with your sunshrivelled burgundy knotty arms with broad disdainful harvesting sweeps the cobras come out to water in the sweltering heat by the thatched fly-buzzed hole

your low under-the-breath warning tones a reminder of the will of your self-inflicted charge
you never ate until i gorged myself
              like the dutiful wife given with a dowry
watching me all the time through the shield of the wisp of cloud of cheroot smoke in your sentinel corner against the far wall your eyes glinting fearing that i might take exception and even before my plate was half-empty you had already darted across the kitchen floor to bring me more fried brinjals mashed greens fried and sliced plantain the steaming rice lying bare by its metal cover hanging on the lip of the open pot-mouth in a clear aluminium pot by my side

now they say you are gone for some plotted and took your life in haste
                    even before you had time to ensure an heir
others say you were alone dismayed abandoned by your own
           prey to enchanters coveting
the plot of land the house derelict forsaken by your absence
       they say some one else caretakes it for himself
others no a forbidden son of your husband’s has raked it for himself

alas would you have known how landless nationless stateless i’d be
this dot of ancestral land clinging-clanging in memory

did you know then you might never see me again
     nor probably ever hear of me
or if you had how might you have taken it all

did you believe the tales true and false they told
       or only what you wanted to hear
of your precious prince you once served in silence and

               who had gone to slave in other lands

Notes

eevaa peerankal muuvaa marunthu is a take on another well-known Tamil proverb: eevaa makkal muuvaa marunthu meaning “children who obey even before the order is given are a God-send”. Here, in lieu of children, the word “grandparents” is substituted

chembu: a small usually copper vessel shaped like a rounded vase with a tapering neck and open mouth, used for holding drinking water or milk

kuul: thick holdall gruel which may also be highly spiced

chemman: red soil

Vaithi: ayurvedic doctor, practising the traditional Indian homeopathic medicine

© T.Wignesan 1997 - Paris May 7, 1997 (from the Sequence/Collection: "Words for a Lost Sub-Continent")

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  1. Date: 6/6/2012 6:09:00 AM
    This is explicitly awesome. I love the piece so much and I think I will be checking on your other wonderful works... Its a blessing coming to your page and I hope you do well to stop by too. Once again, nice work.

    Wignesan Avatar T Wignesan
    Date: 6/6/2012 6:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    How cheering to have someone stop by. Greetings! Funom. Very many thanks for your generous words. I wonder if I'd ever be capable of the same having been used to a critical practice rather virulent by nature, for I'm loath to scratching backs mutually. I do think the best way to comment is by being candid or contrariwise by holding to my silence. EGWish. Wignesan
  1. Date: 6/5/2012 9:00:00 AM
    as i recall, a couple of people have had unexplainable problems in the past, but after a time, the problem goes away as mysteriously as it appeared, so all I can say is keep trying. hugs, Catie :)

    Wignesan Avatar T Wignesan
    Date: 6/5/2012 12:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Catie! Thanks a lot for your advice and concern. As I said, the problem lasted for a little under three days and hasn't recurred since then, so I guess the road is clear again. I'll let you know if it recurs. To hazard a guess, it looks to me like somebody wanted my password. EGWish. Wignesan
  1. Date: 6/4/2012 5:28:00 PM
    I hope this doesn't keep you from posting your poems here at the soup, I love your poetry and have always enjoyed talking with you. Best wishes. hugs, catie :)

    Wignesan Avatar T Wignesan
    Date: 6/5/2012 12:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Correction: "Mille Mercis". "Mille Mercy, Madame!" sounds very much like a Freudian slip (?), for wasn't it in Keat's (?) poem: "La belle dame sans merci", the lady (Madame) was the one "without pity"? A thousand apologies, Madam! EGWish. Wignesan
    Wignesan Avatar T Wignesan
    Date: 6/5/2012 12:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    When somebody - a poet - says s/he "loves your (my) poetry", it's the highest honour a poet can be bestowed with, so - unashamedly - I'll continue keeping up the posts though I have to give my best attention to a book I'm working on. Once again, Mille Mercy, Madame! EGW Wignesan
  1. Date: 6/4/2012 9:48:00 AM
    when i bought my computer, it had internet Explorer loaded onto it, but I uploaded Mozilla Firefox the very first day, and I have had no problems here at the soup. I always use Mozilla Firefox. :)

    Wignesan Avatar T Wignesan
    Date: 6/4/2012 12:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Catie! The long and short of it is that, for the first week of my swim in the soup, I had absolutely no trouble; then, during the last two or three days - you know the rest. We'll see if it recurs. Once again, thanks. EGWish. Wignesan
    Wignesan Avatar T Wignesan
    Date: 6/4/2012 10:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Without going into details, I can assure you, it's not a question of browsers. I'm familiar with IE, Ch., Modzilla. Just that it's a different kind of problem. Still, your advice is very well taken, and I'll give it the once over to see if I have left some stone unturned. Thanks, Catie. Wignesan
  1. Date: 6/4/2012 9:40:00 AM
    which web browser do you use? Internet Explorer? I use Modzilla firefox and have no problems, but here at the soup, it is often the web browser. Chrome has a few issues here at the soup. Hope that helps. You can upload Modzilla Firefox even if you already have a web browser, then you can choose which one you would like to use, each time you come on the internet. Hugs, catie :)

    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey
    Date: 6/4/2012 9:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    oops! I spelled that wrong - it's Mozilla, not Modzilla. :)
  1. Date: 6/3/2012 3:37:00 PM
    Again, you've brought this to life before my eyes. I was sad to hear how the poor woman died a murderous death, as it seems you have fond memories of her. Excellent write! Hugs, Catie :)

    Wignesan Avatar T Wignesan
    Date: 6/4/2012 2:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Good Morning, Catie! Thanks very much for the advice. No, only on this site, though with the other computers I've been using over twenty years: the whole Web. Learned the hard way how to protect myself, but with official hackers, there aren't enough fingers to stick in the dyke. Many thanks for the kudos. Wignesan
    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey
    Date: 6/3/2012 3:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    sorry to hear about your computer problems. Is it just on this site, or the whole web, in general? You may have to take it to a computer repair shop and they can clean out the virus there for a reasonable price, and don't forget a good anti virus program. hugs, catie :)