A Futile Legacy

A Futile Legacy

(for an un-English mother in dangerous dreams)


Can you paint yourself red fond of English?

or dare walk into these Indian streets

in a perfect English attire?

Can you speak English English?

Can a language however resplendent and glorious

substitute the language of heart

and the voice of your ancestors?

Isn't the mother-tongue of the Jaravas of the Andamans

as good to them as English to the English?

or Telugu to the Andhras?

Like a mighty banyan struggling to uproot itself

in a bid to reach the sky

you carry your own offspring

towards some unreachable horizons

of a great language


I'm afraid

these poor children

will beg one day

for a mother-tongue

on some barren lands of alienation

or somewhere in the furrows

between humans and animals

and be a bunch of ridicule.

Isn't this like forcing them

to live in space without a foothold?

Isn't this a dangerous legacy

which once again originates

in a root cause of uprooting of civilizations?

Won't they miss the essence of life

and some divine missions?

Do you not feel that you need

a bed of your mother-tongue

to dream of an alien language?

A gift of one hundred tongues

needs a linguistic shelter of your own.

Let them not be victims of your pride and vanity.

It isn't too late mother!

Open your eyes before they speak these

poor kids a

language patched with Dravidian fragments of English.

Sreekanth Kopuri

Sreekanth Kopuri is born in Machilipatnam, India. He had his schooling in Nirmala High School Machilipatnam,  Masters from Andhra University and PhD from Sri Venkateswara University, India. He taught English Literature & Language at Dravidian University, Bapatla Engineering College and Sri Vasavi Institute of Engineering & Technology India. He has come out with an anthology of his poems The Shadows. His Second Book The Void will be released world wide in October 2018 by Partridge Publishing. His poems were published in India and abroad. He presented his research papers in many reputed universities like Oxford University United Kingdom, University of Caen France, Banja Luka University Bosnia and Herezegovina, University of Gdanski Poland and others. He was the reciepient of Dr. J.K. International Award for 2014,  from India for his achievements in poetry. Sreekanth Kopuri presently Lives in Machilipatnam dividing his time between teaching and creative writing. His areas of interest are Postmodern Poetry, Ekphrasis Poetry, Silence, Holocaust Poetry, Quantum Art Poetry and Christian Literature.

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