Friday, December 16, 2011

"Stars and Fireflies": Some Extracts...


1. Eyes


I opened my eyes
and
looked at the world—

I closed my eyes
and
saw it.



2. Destination

Descending from the sky
a drop of rain
asked the other:
Where
are
you
going
to
fall?

The other replied:
Wherever
may
we
fall,
in
the
ocean
shall
we
meet
after
all!


3. Tears

Day and night
they kept on pouring—
I asked them:
When are you going to stop?

Others continued flowing,
but a tiny drop
looked at me and said:
When are you going to stop?


4. Hands

He could not raise his right hand—
because
I had chopped it
with my sword.

So—
he raised his left hand,
and
offered me with his blessings profuse.



5. Fingers

I look at my fingers,
I look at them carefully:

None is better than the other,
none is more important, or more graceful,
more useful, or more beautiful than the other—


They are just different!


6. At the temple

At the temple,
I saw them completely engaged—-
The worshippers were busy
throwing the coins,
The priests were busy
collecting them.
For me,
difficult it was to say—
Who were the more devout?
But i came round:
It should be the collectors,
because-
the throwers throw only now and then,
but the gatherers
continue with their hoarding forever.


7. Straight

Just two truths are there:
I want to be happy.
You want to be happy.

Just two problems are there:
I alone want to be happy.
You alone want to be happy.

Just two solutions are there:
You keep in mind i also want to be happy.
I’ll keep in mind you also want to be happy.


8. Mirror image

Why do you laugh at those
who sit on the branch
and aim with an axe
at its trunk?

You, too, all your life,
are trying to lift the chair
while you are still sitting on it!



9. Fish

The small fish
asked the big fish:
Why do you eat us?

In reply,
the big fish, in one gulp, swallowed the small fish
and gave a loud belch.


10. The piggy-bank

He indeed is a good investor
and a good saver.

He buys a clay piggy-bank,
drops coins into it for months,
and one day
when he feels that it has become full—
He breaks the little container,
collects the coins in a heap and counts them.

The very next day
he adds onto the heap some coins from his stock
and sets to the market—
to buy another piggy-bank.

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