World Poetry Month: Day Eight

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World Poetry Month: Day Eight

World Poetry Month: Day Eight
World Poetry Month: Day Eight

Today we bring to you the beautiful poem “Night Of The Scorpion” by Nissim Ezekiel who is a famous Indian poet. The poem is about the narrator’s mother being stung by a scorpion late one night and how the family reacted to it.

The poem tells of how the family was woken up in the dead of night due to screams coming from his mother. On inspection, they find her with a scorpion sting on her foot.

Despite the pain, his mother remains calm and does not complain. The family then rushes to get help from their neighbors who assist her with traditional remedies for curing scorpion stings.

The narrator reflects on the events that took place that night and how it brought them all closer together in times of adversity. He also muses on how his mother is an example of true strength, courage, and resilience in the face of adversity.

He also acknowledges the role of their neighbors in providing support during this difficult time.

In conclusion, the narrator pays tribute to his mother’s bravery and strength of character, while at the same time recognizing that they are all stronger when we stand together.

“Night Of The Scorpion” by Nissim Ezekiel

I remember the night my mother
was stung by a scorpion. Ten hours
of steady rain had driven him
to crawl beneath a sack of rice.

Parting with his poison – flash
of diabolic tail in the dark room –
he risked the rain again.

The peasants came like swarms of flies
and buzzed the name of God a hundred times
to paralyse the Evil One.

With candles and with lanterns
throwing giant scorpion shadows
on the mud-baked walls
they searched for him: he was not found.
They clicked their tongues.
With every movement that the scorpion made
his poison moved in Mother’s blood, they said.

May he sit still, they said
May the sins of your previous birth
be burned away tonight, they said.
May your suffering decrease
the misfortunes of your next birth, they said.
May the sum of all evil
balanced in this unreal world
against the sum of good
become diminished by your pain.

May the poison purify your flesh
of desire, and your spirit of ambition,
they said, and they sat around
on the floor with my mother in the centre,
the peace of understanding on each face.
More candles, more lanterns, more neighbours,
more insects, and the endless rain.
My mother twisted through and through,
groaning on a mat.

My father, sceptic, rationalist,
trying every curse and blessing,
powder, mixture, herb and hybrid.
He even poured a little paraffin
upon the bitten toe and put a match to it.
I watched the flame feeding on my mother.
I watched the holy man perform his rites to tame the poison with an incantation.
After twenty hours
it lost its sting.

My mother only said
Thank God the scorpion picked on me
And spared my children.

Best Poetry Of The Day

Welcome to the Best Poetry of the Day section! Here you will find some of the best and most inspiring poems that have been published in recent days.

We select these pieces with an eye for quality and originality, so you can be sure each one has something special to offer.

Whether it’s a powerful ballad, a lyrical love poem, or something else entirely, each selection will provide a moment of reflection and inspiration. Enjoy! 

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  1. #rntalks


    O Almighty ! you are so adorable
    Blesses the world with equal might
    Never makes any indifference
    As you have the heart of a hearty divine

    Showers your love on the universe
    Blesses it with jungle , rivers , oceans
    Insects , animals , acuatic creatures
    With their unique identification

    Human world is highly blessed
    As is blessed with speaking capacity
    Can express its feelings
    Without any limits and hesitations

    O almighty ! expresses my thanks to you
    Have given the power of love
    Can change the devil to mesiah
    Spreads happiness to nook and corner

    Have blessed the world with immense power
    Rich soil , crust blessed with luminous ores
    Mountains makes the country safe
    Evils and goodness balances the world .

  2. राम का प्रभाव

    जो हमें रमने के लिए विवश करे l
    वही है राम, वही है राम
    अभिवादन हम जब भी करते l
    राम- राम जी कह आगे बढ़ते l
    ‘ हे राम ‘ कहें पीड़ा से व्याकुल l
    ‘ अरे राम ‘बोलें लज्जा की खातिर
    ‘राम जाने ‘ कहें अज्ञानी स्वर में l
    ‘राम भरोसे ‘ अनिश्चित पल में l
    ‘राम -राज्य ‘सुशासन हित में l
    अचूक उपाय हो तो ‘रामबाण’भी कहते l
    पारिवारिक बंधन में बंधकर ‘राम मिलाए जोड़ी ‘ कहते l
    अंतिम यात्रा में भी ‘ राम नाम सत्य है ‘ का उच्चारण करते l
    हर क्षण, हर पल में जो ले राम का नाम ,
    सच्चे मन से ले जो प्राणी
    उसके सुधरे सारे ,बिगड़े काम l

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