Eternal Vertigo

He never smiles,

Neither does he cry.

Haven’t seen him share,

Nor did he bother to care.

Lives on the street,

Always walks bare feet,

People throw him money,

He just felt it was funny.

I was curious about the man,

For his skin was burnt with tan.

I went and silently sat near him,

His face was full with doubt and grim.

Asked him, “Are you an estranged dad?”

He said, “Boy! Your guess is not too bad”.

“I was called mad and sod,

Some even refer me to be God.

But really I am just a mirror,

Which many even fear to near.

You have come here out of curiosity,

But never once out of sheer courtesy.

I am the halo that shows you guidance,

But people always kept me at a distance,

Never did they feel my presence,

Nor the pain of my absence,

the sense that operates in silence

called the long forgotten conscienceโ€ฆ

I am a fool before your bloated ego,

Thereby stranded and nowhere to go”

Nocturnal Bird

P.S: I was inspired to write this after I came across a poem called “Hello! in there” written by John Prine. To view the poem –


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anand
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 13:27:07

    hai da the words u choosen for end of each lines are good. nice thinking



  2. Ramprasahnth
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 14:01:49

    Fabulous da.. ๐Ÿ™‚ Well written.. I can hardly comment on a poetry work.. But i enjoyed every bit of readin it… I dunno about it’s literacy value.. But i can tell u I didn’t waste my time… Actually I thought you were writing about Hankock ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Will Smith starrer) initially ๐Ÿ˜› But yeah.. Is a good job


  3. Harini J.L
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 04:47:15

    Hey nice work:) btw who s he – street beggar or an estranged dad????


  4. K. Sundararajan
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 04:49:44

    Good!!!! expecting more


  5. Nocturnal Bird
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 10:33:55

    @ Anand : Thanks da

    @ Ramanna : Hancock!! Your imagination rocks da..

    @ Harini : I used that man to refer our conscience, as i felt it is also receiveing the same treatment.

    @ Biz Magnet : Thanks. will give my best in the days to come.


  6. Shiva
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 16:31:39

    Good, write something else.



  7. Maya
    Jul 24, 2010 @ 05:44:31

    Good one man. Your twist in the tale stuff is a getting a good response.

    Don’t go back to your age old abstract writing. Get better topics and add twists to it as this genre is evergreen


  8. Vishak.R
    Jul 25, 2010 @ 08:16:37

    Super da guru,excellent poem.The words “I am a fool before your bloated ego,” was simply great.Nice dig on our flaws ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Nocturnal Bird
    Jul 25, 2010 @ 10:35:18

    @ Shiva : Thanks

    @ Maya : Am gonna try finding new ways to improve. Thanks for the tip.

    @ Vishak: Not exactly a dig on our flaws.. But can say that too.. But the poem by John Prine, (link given) was like a big slap.


  10. Meena Ramesh
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 10:22:51

    Really nice guru..keep going….


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