This week I plan to look at poems that deal with the passing of time. The first, by Ilavaalai Vijeyendran, deals with a theme well known in poetry from the time of Goldsmith’s ‘Deserted Village’.
The situation here is made more complex by the war situation, referred to only in passing with mention of the palm that stayed standing in spite of bombs.
The main thrust of the poem however is similar to Goldsmith’s, as the countryside is abandoned by those seeking their fortune, if not quite greener pastures, in more prosperous areas. Here however it is not the attraction of the metropolis that is the problem, but the thirst to emigrate.