TNPSC English Study Material- Poems
Punishment in Kindergarten-by Kamala Das
Are there things you remember from when you were In the Balwadi or Pm School? What kind of memories are they? What do these memories make you feel? Are all the memories pleasant? This poem is an honest and evocative expression of one of Kamala Surayya's memories of her Kindergarten. Observe carefully how she shares her thoughts and feelings
Today the world is a little more my
No need to remember the pain
A blue-frocked woman caused, throwing
Words at me like pots and pans, to drain
That honey-coloured day of peace
"Why don't you Join the others?
What A peculiar child you are!"
On the lawn, in clusters, sat my schoolmates sipping
Sugarcane, they turned and laughed;
Children are funny things, they laugh
in mirth at other's tears, l buried
My face in the sun-warmed hedge
And smelt the flowers and the pain.
The words are muffled now, the laughing
Faces only a blur. The years have
Sped along, stopping briefly
At beloved halts and moving
Sadly on. My mind has found
An adult peace. No need to remember
That picnic day when I lay hidden
By the hedge, watching the steel-white sun
Sped along moved fast Standing lonely in the sky.
NOTE: The Above poem was unedited and has been taken from Tamil Text book for easy reference for the people preparing for the TNPSC Exams.