Poem: At your wedding Kannamma

Brass pots

At your wedding kannamma,
guests arrived in noisy herds.
They placed envelopes in your
sweaty palms. The flowers
(around your neck and in
your hair) seemed heavy.

At Pazhani, I promised my
hair to the barbers. I prayed
that you and I be married.

Your cousins were supervising
the cooks. For cashew nuts
are expensive. And because
content stomachs bless with
all the fullness of the heart.

You are married, and I am
not. Some lovers offer lives,
others offer fruits. In my
despair kannamma, I offer
my tonsured head to you.

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13 Responses to Poem: At your wedding Kannamma

  1. Siva says:

    Nice one. Tonsured head with the santhanam, right ?

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  2. km says:

    Lovely. It’s practically a movie.

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  3. Indisch says:

    Ah! The dark mood again… Hey, this has become your hallmark of late. Is the Dark Side taking over the Bright Side?

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  4. WA says:

    aiyo paavame

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  5. Vijesh says:

    Nice one Neha.

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  6. Suman says:

    Nice. Somehow it reminded me of the kannamma from the Bharathiyaar poem.

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  7. Adithya says:

    Nice! A short film won’t be a bad idea, no?

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  8. guruprasad says:

    tragic and therefore, beautiful!

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  9. Vairaamuthu says:

    You are married, and I am
    not. Some lovers offer lives,
    others offer fruits. In my
    despair kannamma, I offer
    my tonsured head to you.

    I hereby nominate this for the greatest 5 lines.

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  10. jillumadrasi says:

    Your cousins were supervising
    the cooks. For cashew nuts
    are expensive. And because
    content stomachs bless with
    all the fullness of the heart.

    These are the 5 best lines of the poem,

    sappattu Raman

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  11. Siva: Ah yes! That wonderful cooling paste of sandal. Worth shaving one’s locks for.

    km: Thanks 🙂

    Indisch: Well not the dark side really. More like the pensive one. It’s probably got something to do with the weather.

    WA: Very much.

    Vijesh: Thanks.

    Suman: I think Bharatiyar immortalized the word kannamma. Such connotations, and such meanings. ..

    Adithya: Anyone wants rights? 🙂

    avataram: Thanks for the link.. a little Graves doesn’t hurt on such an afternoon…

    guruprasad: I wonder why tragedy gets our gut before anything else does. But to be honest, I don’t have the stomach for too much tragedy.

    Vairaamuthu: Graciously accepted.

    jillumadrasi: I demand you war with Vairaamuthu on this one. 🙂 But yes, I like that image too. That teaming lot of “helpers” in a wedding, who overlook the proceedings – in the kitchen and in the mandapam..

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  12. Laksh says:

    Very nice! My first time here and totally enjoying the posts.

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