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Poetry Break: Dr. Archan Mehta

By: Dr. Archan Mehta


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A Poet’s Trial? 


Where do your ideas

Come from, poet?


I don’t know…


What do you mean?


I’m not sure…


Be honest with us, poet.


Perhaps, my ideas

Come from a higher power?

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.


Maybe, it is the

Result of divine intervention?

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.


How can you create

Poetry when you have

Degrees in Economics and Business Management?


I don’t know…


Are you crazy, poet?


No, I am sane:

I feel fine.

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

All I know is that

When the muse visits me,

Poetry flows from my pen

Like a gushing and cascading waterfall.

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.


What about hard work,

Discipline and motivation, poet?


These ideas have

No place in my life.

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

I work based on intuition alone…

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.


Do you know, poet,

That there are people

In this assembly with formal

Academic credentials in

Literature and creative writing?


I am aware of that, honorable judge.


And yet, you have

The guts to

Claim you are poet?

I am independent of their

Goodwill and understanding…

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.


Quit poetry before it is too late.


To lay down my pen

Is to surrender life and living…

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.


Go home, poet,

We have nothing more

To say to you.


Yes, your honor and

Respected members of the jury.


And, by the way, poet,

One more thing:

You won’t go far, poet…

We don’t appreciate your

Attitude, but you are free

To leave and live in a

Fantasy world and stew

In your own madness.


Thank you, ladies and gentleman.


One more thing, poet,

Your poems will reach

Our desks before your

Poems ever see

The light of day—

Keep that in mind, so

You do not have high

Hopes for what you

Claim is your creative flair.


Yes, Sir….


And, what is more,

Get a real job,

And become financially

Sound instead of

Catching flights of fancy

Or wallowing in self-pity.

Become a contributing

And respectable member of

Society and a good citizen

Like the rest of the human race.


I’ll think about it, Sir….

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.


Now, get out, poet,

Before we have our

Security guards forcibly

Remove you from this

August assembly where

You obviously don’t

Belong anyway, foolish poet!


Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.




Bio: Dr. Archan Mehta

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Archan Mehta has earned a Ph.D. in Management. Currently, Dr. Mehta is a Consultant and Writer based in India who trains clients in Stress Management through the ancient practice of meditation.

Dr. Mehta’s articles and case studies have been featured in HR Future. HR Future is a leading HR magazine based in South Africa, sourced by prestigious ivy league schools in America (USA) like Harvard and Princeton. 

In 1990, Dr. Mehta won a national award for a short story in Onlooker Magazine based in Bombay (Mumbai), Maharashtra, India. The Judge was the late, great Khushwant Singh, India’s celebrated Journalist, Editor, Author, and Columnist.

Dr. Mehta’s works have appeared in numerous publications:

  • American Poetry Anthology
  •  Poets United to Advance the Arts
  • The Times of India
  • The Indian Express
  • Mid-Day
  • HR Future, Business Manager
  • India Today
  • Sportsweek
  • The Statesman
  • Ahmedabad Mirror
  • All India Management Association
  • People Matters
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Onlooker

Dr. Mehta is a member of several professional organizations, such as Society for Human Resource Management, Indian Society for Training and Development, Academy of HRD, Rural Marketing Association of India, Ahmedabad Management Association, Human Resource Association of India, Society for Applied Behavioral Sciences, National HRD Network and All India Management Association.

Dr. Mehta likes to stroll outdoors, listen to music, party with close friends, and read in his free time. 

Please feel free to reach out to the poet at archanm@hotmail.com or through LinkedIn. 

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