Friday, June 1st, 2012
The day has arrived when fledgelings join and fully-fledged ones take off. After a sojourn back ‘home’ all students are back to ‘Real Home’, at the hallowed portals for their new sessions of learning. A poem from Sri VN Prahlad.
In my father’s orchard
Were many trees
Some tall, towering
Above the third floor
Dense with verdant foliage
The short ones were harvested
Quick by bipeds like us.
But none dared reach for the
Ripening fruits on the top branches
Though by fragrance and colour
These fruits were tempting eyes and minds
To devise means to possess them.
Even squirrels and simians dared not
Scramble or leap so high
Lest they fall and break their spine
From spring to summer the blossoms grew
To green fruits raw, grew in size and
Weight and made the boughs bend
With benign humility, but
Still quite out of reach.
Lo the foliage filled with greater green,
Was swarming with parakeets.
(Twice born and like the best of Brahmins)
Fully fledged, and scarlet beaks
The verdant crown was doubled in size;
With beady eyes and squak and
Screech they examined their prize
By peck and lick they chose their pick
Each with his or her prize
Rose a well knit sheet as from a signal or a switch
Rose in a cloud of green
And flew away, together for a while
The sky was brightened
By a canopy green until it,
Broke in bits and dispersed.
Who knows what each carried off!
Some sweet some sour or savour,
But some at least carried away
Seeds for future trees under different
Skies and different climes.
What price education that liberates not,
What worth scholarship that expands not!
Ya Vidya Sa Vimuktaye
Sa Vidya Ya Vivruddhaye
II Samasta Lokaha Sukhino Bhavantu II
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