Sunday, August 10, 2014


O what nags you, dude with a smart phone,
Alone and palely loitering?
Like the sigh of a little dream
That had no birds singing.

O what nags you, dude with a smart phone,
So haggard and so woe-begone?
The squirrel’s granary is full,
Though harvest will never be done.

I see a dying lily on your brow,
With anguish moist and fever-dew,
And on your cheeks a fading flower
Much in need of a beauty parlour.

I met a lady in the mela,
Full wise – a Deva’s chela,
Her words sweet, her smile drugged,
And her eyes were wild.

I bought her lollipop,
And cotton candy, and Chocó dandy;
She looked at me as she did love,
And made sweet moan.

She took me to her chamber cool,
And there she taught and fought full throat,
And there I shut my wild wild eyes
With dreams in mind and doodles on smart phone.

 And I dreamt and dreamt
Until the heavens berserk went,
And woke up to see an empty ground
But for people going round and round.

I saw pale kings and princes too,
Pale warriors, death-pale were they all;
They cried—‘The Playground sans Mercy
Thee hath in thrall!’

And this is why I sojourn here,
Alone and palely loitering,
Like the sigh of a little dream
With a smart phone that brings emails galore.

A parody of Keats’s famous poem, La Belle Dame Sans Merci. I’m sure Keats will forgive me for this sacrilege. 


  1. Replies
    1. Keats's knight was enslaved by beauty. We are enslaved by the smartphone and some Deva's chelas. Deva need not be merely religious, of course.

  2. One of my favourite poems ( Though all of his poems are my favourite, even his letters to Fanny Brawne :-D )

    You've perfectly done it... Keats would be happy I hope... :-)

    1. I was fond of the Romantics too, Maniparna. But I grew out of it. The Romantic quest is just like the knight's quest: insatiable.

  3. Old English with modern technology- smartphone's frills :)

    1. If Keats were alive today, his knight would be something like the one I imagined, I think. Beauty has given way to technology...

  4. LOL...I am extrememly fond of the Romantics esp Coleridge and Keats...Loved this one :)

  5. I am your 100th follower :D
    ps: I was under the impression that I joined your blog long back!

    1. Most welcome, Deepa. Glad to have the company of another Romantic :)


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