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The Beauty of the Punjaban





The following poem was inspired as a response to Pran Nevile's "The Punjaban in History", an article published earlier on


Lust filled eyes of a thousand despots

Saccharin songs of their captive birds

Libidinous yearnings of wordsmiths grey

Their cloying, inane and empty words

They damn you with their feeble praise

Spouting paeans to your ‘pretty’ face

They know not the iron in your soul

They know not of your spine of steel

They know not of the spirit that soars

That has not will not ever kneel

Yes You, who did give birth to Kings

Yes You, who swung the mighty sword

You, who smiled; refused to weep

No matter what you had to endure

Their empty words; their vapid praise

Their lewd, lascivious, rapine gaze

It will not; cannot gauge your worth

Pens will run dry; fingers will cramp

Until at last, there are no more odes

To know the essence of your beauty divine

They must walk for aeons in your shoes



October 10, 2013

Conversation about this article

1: Harjap Singh Aujla (Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, USA), October 10, 2013, 11:58 AM.

What a great and elating piece of poetry. Thanks, Sarbpreet Singh. Well done, keep it up. The Guru's blessings are with you.

2: Sullivan the Poet (Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA), October 10, 2013, 12:56 PM.

An outstanding piece of poetry ...

3: Kulbir Sandhu (Santa Rosa, California, USA), October 10, 2013, 7:44 PM.

Well said, Sarbpreet. My mother was one such Punjaban. It reads like an ode to her. Thank you!

4: Sarbpreet Singh (Boston, Massachusetts, USA), October 10, 2013, 9:00 PM.

What a lovely comment, Kulbir! I wish I had known your mother! Perhaps there's more than a bit of her in you? :-)

5: Vijay Bajwa (Morganville, New Jersey, USA), October 12, 2013, 8:40 PM.

Sarbpreet! You took a deep dive there - it captures the complexity of the Punjaban. Is this yours? Wow! But then, we expect no less from you.

6: Sarbpreet Singh (Boston, Massachusetts, USA), October 12, 2013, 9:48 PM.

It is, Vijay! :-) Good to hear from you after all these years.

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