May 21, 2008

The Gift

Through icy-winds
For daily free meal
Raj hobbles
Tugs his warm coat
Kind soul's donation!
Mugger pounces
Wields knife
Demands wallet
Raj gives, sees
Another hungry person!
Raj hollers
At darting figure
Plucking hurriedly
His only coat, gives
"Friend, for meal
Not enough in wallet,
Keep this,
It should keep you warm."

Icy-winds howl!

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

The Dalai Lama


backpakker said...

Lovely poem..and a simple thought said so well..thanks

Zhu said...

I love the philosophy!

Poem... or song. I could almost sing it in my head, perfect balance of words and rhythms.

M.KATE said...

I love this quote, remind me to be grounded all the time, happy weekend my freind :)

Rulzbender said...

Is it based on true incident !! If so amazing if it has happened. As a friend use to tell me about this Guy ( who was slain by naxalites) and he was this personality who would even call thieves and would give money. I really wonder if there are more people like him or Raj !!

Very nice indeed -this post really made me think....!!
Thx dear -God bless you !!
Tk care and have a gr8 weekend !!

Cuckoo said...

Lovely poem Celine. Reminded me of a similar story I read when I was a child.

Saibal Barman said...

When rich palm is tasty, I need no sweetener....
I loved the poet's contribution...a spontaneous strong feeling without much thirst to explain but enough penetrating to make one feel about...
I really need (rather needed, as the poet may well understand) no sweetener...

Sandi McBride said...

How gave me chills

Anonymous said...

Nice visiting your blog after a long time...this poem is really so touching & really portrays the real world we are in today....& there are still people who care for the other irrespective of anything...there can be no greater joy than happiness through compassion...have a wonderful time!

Indrani said...

I wonder how you churn out such beautiful lines... simple words , yet perfect lines.

indicaspecies said...


Thank you.:)

indicaspecies said...


Thanks. It's a tiny poem of just 55 words, and if you could sing it, that's nice and will consider it as a great compliment.:)

indicaspecies said...


Glad you like the quote. Thank you for your comment.:)

indicaspecies said...

BTR, err.. Rulzbender,

This is a 55-words piece that I composed based on what I read online sometime back. The Guy you wrote about sounds a little like Robin Hood (but why thieves, rather than more deserving ones?)

I am not quite sure if there are people like Raj in this world, but I hope compassion will continue to be felt. The world needs it.

Thank you for your kind words, and your thoughtful comments.:)

indicaspecies said...


Thanks. I wrote this based on something similar I read online.:)

indicaspecies said...


A profound and thoughtful comment. Delighted that this had such an effect. I understand very well what you mean by the last comment. Thank you. ;)

indicaspecies said...


Thanks. Chills, because of icy winds howling or the act of kindness?:)

indicaspecies said...


Thank you. I'm glad to hear that.:)

indicaspecies said...


You make me smile. Thank you.:)

*~*Sameera*~* said...

That was such a chivalrous thing to do!

Loved it :)

indicaspecies said...


That's another interesting perspective. Thank you for sharing.:)

my inner world said...

that was lovely !!!!!

i kept on reading for 3 times:)

indicaspecies said...

My inner world:

That is such a sweet comment. Thank you very much and do drop in sometimes.:)