Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build, too.

आम्हां घरी धन शब्दांचीच रत्नें | शब्दांचीच शस्त्रें यत्न करुं ||
शब्द चि आमुच्या जीवांचे जीवन | शब्दें वांटूं धन जनलोकां ||
तुका म्हणे पाहा शब्द चि हा देव | शब्द चि गौरव पूजा करुं ||
- abhang of Tukaram Wolhoba Ambile of Dehu

There's No Freedom Like That of a Child's Imagination

கடலுக்கு உண்டு கற்பனைக்கு இல்லை கட்டுப்பாடு

Monday, January 22, 2007

Poem with variations

Chasing Dewdrops

"Dewdrops exist but for a moment
and die with the morning Sun."
The pearls of her laughter
Those giggles, those blushes:
Pangs of a first, intense love.
Dewdrops.

The ant waits upon them
for the water of life;
Does not the heart?
Scorched though it be
by defeat and pain.
Chase we not dewdrops?

First variation
(suggested by Suniti)

"Dewdrops exist but for a moment
to die with the morning Sun."

The laughter, the giggles,
the blushes,
the elation of first love,

Scorched though it be
by defeat and pain.
Chase we not dewdrops?

Second variation
(suggested by Alaka)

"Dewdrops exist but for a moment
and die with the morning Sun."
The pearls of her laughter
Those giggles, those blushes:
Pangs of a first, intense love.
Dewdrops.
The ant waits upon them
for the water of life;
Would not the heart?

The first two lines in quotes:
"Dewdrops exist but for a moment
and die with the morning Sun."

were borrowed from my friend Samudrika.

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