The Scum



The man baffled
at the garden fresh orange
into the garbage pit
in the roadside.
………………………
It watered his mouth.

With a bewildered face,
He rambled a while on the road.
For his conscience pricked him
like the throbbed heart of the crow
with a bird caught between its beaks.

His tremulous hands
peeled off the rind of the orange,
each section of which revealed
the lips of the pretty girl
in his eyes.
……………………….
Traumatized by his desire

He swallowed the orange.
His face abruptly turned blue
by its sour taste
felt by his tongue.

He glared at the garbage pit
and flung
the orange and its skins
into it.

Like the clear water in the pond
after the wind whirled the scum
on its brink,
………………………..
Enlightened his mind.

The man offended
by the electric stroke
exasperatingly
stalked away from there.

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"The man baffled at the garden fresh orange into the garbage pit in the roadside. ……………………… It watered his mouth."

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Written on February 09, 2005

Submitted by pushpatuladhar on February 22, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XABX X CXXXC XAXDX X AXXE BEXB XXX X XXDX
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 856
Words 163
Stanzas 7
Stanza Lengths 6, 5, 7, 4, 4, 5, 4

Pushpa Ratna Tuladhar

Pushpa Ratna Tuladhar, born on 1948, in Nepal. Writing poetry in Nepal Bhasa, an ethnic language of Nepal and English. Published in Rearview quarterly, Poetry Sharing Journals, Some Words, Ascent, Escritoire, Words Words Words, Zygote in My Coffee, James River Poetry Review, Sidereality and other printed and online magazines and also in anthologies published in USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Turkey and India. more…

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