Saturday, February 26, 2005


It has been ages since I read any poetry. I cannot remember most poems I studied at school, except for a few that are etched in my mind.

One is Shelley's Ozymandias, where the pedestal of that colossal wreck proclaims: "Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair." Another is Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (much of the Bard's plays is blank verse), taught to us wonderfully by Mrs Rani Chandran. It is after Brutus justifies Caesar's assassination to the people, when someone in the mob cries, "Let him be Caesar!"

Prophet GibranNow, thanks to my uncle here, I started Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. And I am hooked...

Excerpts from "On Giving:"

You often say, "I would give, but only to the deserving."
The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture.
They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.

And you receivers - and you are all receivers - assume no weight of gratitude, lest you lay a yoke upon yourself and upon him who gives.
Rather rise together with the giver on his gifts as on wings;
For to be overmindful of your debt, is to doubt his generosity who has the free-hearted earth for mother, and God for father.


maheshbalaji said...

one of the best books i've ever read! real fav this one!

and one thing i remember about this book is, i was reading it in one of those lazy BE classes...and the professor sitting beside me, saw it and asked me - 'R U in Love?!!!' ;0)

i was more intrigued than surprised!!

Srikanth said...

Hey Mahesh,

Great to know you liked it as well!

I feel your professor's misconception that poetry is read only by lovers, is just that - a misconception.

As I wrote, most of Shakespeare's plays is poetry. Macbeth and Julius Caesar are clearly not romantic...