At Thirty-One…

With a cigarette on the mouth, you dreamed of the world to be under

your feet. Hsuan-tsang, Magellan, Livingstone, Colonel Suresh Biswas

used to be there in your mind. The world, the journey, the unknowns

used to attract you more than the tender loves and the addictions

that your friends used to be submerged in. By twenty-eight I would

pay of the loan, and will deposit much money to roam, to trot around the world,

you had planned and had lived by it. But, life is what unplanned meetings are like.

Never knowing the happenings. Now, at thirty one you are fat, and working to be

afloat in the world. The urge to respond to the call world gives had been categorized

as wild fantasy, as some teen age bull shit; the truth is to remain afloat amidst all the

things. The poem thus remain, the stories thus remain. The cigarette at the mouth

now is little lengthy and costly; the dreams, of the growing up years, are only there

buried deep inside the grown consciousness of the man, of you, of me.

Today’s the poet 31st Birthday.

Written for Day 20 of National/Global Poem Writing Month 2019.


Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that “talks.” What does that mean? Well, take a look at this poem by Diane Seuss. While it isn’t a monologue, it’s largely based in spoken language, interspersed with the speaker/narrator’s own responses and thoughts. Try to write a poem grounded in language as it is spoken – not necessarily the grand, dramatic speech of a monologue or play, but the messy, fractured, slangy way people speak in real life. You might incorporate overheard speech or a turn of phrase you heard once that stood out to you – the idea here is to get away from formally “poetic” speech and into the way language tends to work out loud.

4 responses to “At Thirty-One…”

  1. Belated Happy Birthday Sangbad! Hope you had a wonderful day.


    1. Thanks…yeah I had one…


  2. Happy Birthday Sang! Wish you a world of happiness and writings! Wonderful poem to celebrate your day!


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