SEMANA AUTORES INDIANOS > “PORTRAIT OF A LADY” – by Makarand Paranjape – (category: English Text)

Postado por Rita de Cássia ligado dez 15, 2016 em ENGLISH TEXT | 1 Comentário

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PORTRAIT OF A LADY

 

by Makarand Paranjape


 

 

She was a small person in a big house


stacked with objects d’art and other curiosities.


She fancied herself a collector


and, when coaxed to disclose her sources,


never failed to mention


her brushes with ex-royalty.

 


 

The drawing room had two large bongo-drums-


‘Go ahead,’ she breezed, ‘they’re for sitting’-


and two or three raucous and gaudy parakeets


in cages. There must have been


other noteworthy items that I did not notice.


Adjacent to the drawing room was a hot house


where exotic plants luxuriated in ultra violet light.


I didn’t see much point in it:


it was warm enough outside.


That brought the tour to an end,


the kitchen and the bedrooms upstairs,


being off limits.

 


 

At lunch she praised the ruling party


and mentioned, in passing,


that her cutlery was British


and, yes, her crystal Belgian.

 


 

On the way out through the porch,


we stopped to admire the imported Cadillac.


At the gate, just beneath ‘Beware of Dogs,’


a copper-plated signboard announced


three charitable trusts named after her:


‘That’s just for tax purposes,’ she said carelessly,


as she waved me goodbye with a flying kiss.

 


 

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[From The Used Book]


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Fonte: Poemhunter.com

 


 

1 Comentário para “SEMANA AUTORES INDIANOS > “PORTRAIT OF A LADY” – by Makarand Paranjape – (category: English Text)”

  1. Rita de Cássia Amori disse em:

    Very interesting poem. I loved. Rita de Cássia Amorim Andrade

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