Poetry by Indran Amirthanayagam

Music Man
Yeah the man has a belly
but the photograph lies.
Up close, from the side,
he still knows how
to shilly and shally,
and he keeps a woman
or two happy, daughters
and mother included.
He is skilled managing
largesse, with lots of love
and a bemused grin.
He makes music and
brings musicians together.
So we give him some slack.
The photograph cannot speak
really for the man with all
his bile and guile and heart
bounding, and his careful
eating of fruit in the morning
and roti ...


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