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OF POETS AND PROPHETS- A Poem by Jernail S Aanand


Jernail S Aanand

Poets are often cajoled and called Prophets

So that they feel elevated

And keep on doing their unsavoury job

Which no sane person would do.

Hundreds of people who know .

I am a diehard poet

Ask me a straight question

How much royalty do you get?

They think poets too like mathematicians

Get hefty amounts of royalty.

From eager publishers

Who are after them with hefty cheques

We do not open a shop

Whose wares do not sell

Still poets belong to an aristocracy

Which like royalty is on the brink of bankruptcy

I think poets should also get together

Like farmers and ask the govt

For Minimum Support Price

For their writings.

Only yesterday I was told by a friend

That a friend who wanted

To publish a book

Was asked to pay four lakh rupees.

The package deal included promotions

In mainstream newspapers

Does money, not merit

Bring books to the selling charts?

A friend then suggested to me

Why don't you open a shrine

Don't you see people go to Prophets

With offerings.

There is a Poets Rock in Serbia

Why not have a Poets Shrine in India

Good people might pay obeisance

And in return get 'prasad' of Poetry?

Already poets in India are all

On a part time basis

They are well paid in their jobs

And can spend on publication packages.

Poets and writers are guinea pigs of research

The Universities take care of researchers

And they are paid well

Poets and creators are no one's responsibility.

Papers have full pages for corporates

And sports

And all the pages for crime and politics

Poet? Hence sirrah! It is time for business..

Dr. Jernail Singh Anand, the author of 150 plus books, is the receipent of the Charter of Morava, the highest Serbian International Award in Creativity, at the 60th Belgrade International Writers Meeting. His name was engraved in the Poets’ Rock in Serbia, a rare honour for an Indian author. He already holds The Franz Kafka Literature Prize, Maxim Gorky International Literary Award, Cross of Peace, and Cross of Literature (Italy) awards.

Dr Anand is Founder Chairperson of the International Academy of Ethics, and an Honorary Member of the Association of Serbian Writers, Belgrade. He is Prof Emeritus in Indian Literature at The European Institute of the Roma Studies and Research Belgrade. Dr Anand is credited with the theory of Bio-text (critical theory). His work has been translated into more than twenty world languages.

Author of 9 epics which are regarded as modern classics, Anand has organized 5 International Literary Conferences.

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