The Copper Bowl

13 Jul

by Mani G. Iyer

If it weren’t for the stumps
of his hands,
occasionally swatting those
irritable flies, and
the copper bowl
in the center
of his squatted presence,
you could easily mistake him, for
a heap of dead human flesh. 
The creased bowl was always filled
with the grace of
humane beings, and
he acknowledged them
with a twitch of a smile,
perhaps painful,
due to unrelenting nerves, and
his hands, that failed to meet,
raised in gratitude. 
You could never see his legs
beyond the cracked bowl, for
he had none, and
you wondered how
he conducted life’s daily rituals
on a roller board, and
appear like clockwork
for years, at the same
latitude and longitude. 
Nobody knows what became of him
when his abode of the street corner
near a temple,
was disinfected, and
there was no sign
of his defiance, nor
his  life-sustaining bowl, and
the once stubborn flies
left, no tombstone. 

 Mani G. Iyer was born and raised in Bombay, India and has lived in the United States since 1985.  He is deaf-blind due to Usher Syndrome Type 2.  He became deaf by the age of 4, night-blind by the age of 12, and now has very little usable vision.  He has written poetry since the age of 18.


6 Responses to “The Copper Bowl”

  1. Thursday Poets Rally July 15, 2011 at 2:24 PM #

    awesome poetry.

    How are you?
    Welcome join poets rally week 48 today,
    Awesome poetry you have here, keep it up.
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  2. Jingle July 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM #

    blessings, things happen for a good reason, well done emotions/versions.

  3. Faith Othello July 16, 2011 at 8:09 PM #

    This is a gorgeous poem and so very vivid. It has the capabilities of making one cry.

    • visionthroughwords July 16, 2011 at 8:45 PM #

      Please check back to Vision Through Words. We will be posting another poem from Mani Iyer within the next 2 weeks.

    • Mani G. Iyer July 18, 2011 at 2:57 PM #

      Faith, yes it is sad. India has the largest number of leprosy cases in the world. It is estimated to be 2-3 million people.
      I remember him very vividly because he was on my way to the train station.

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