Treasure Island

Rajaram Ramachandran

(13-7-31 (see reverse) / Chennai born, now at Juhu, Mumbai, India)

A cow tells its story


A cow was tied to a peg
But allowed to go on its legs.
Its rope moved in cycle.
It grazed inside this circle,

More grass was available,
Beyond this limited circle,
But the rope in motion
Laid the line of its action.

In the place of this cow,
One’s life also fits in how?
Life is tethered to an object
That controls the subject.

How many have the courage,
Or, more strength at any age,
To break this stale bondage
That shackles at every stage?

An opportunity comes once
In one’s life, by chance.
If it’s missed by an error,
Then, it’s lost forever.

Submitted: Friday, September 01, 2006
Edited: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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  • Ravi A (10/13/2009 10:01:00 AM)

    Really a wonderful theme written in simple verses. I really like your simple, narrative style. It doesn't offer any obscurity but matches an elegant flow. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Lalitha iyer (2/20/2009 2:25:00 AM)

    Dear Sir, oh, you are simply great. What a beauty, style, rhyme, rhythmn, fluidity, meaningfullness, moral, picturisation, oh, it is really superb (Report) Reply

  • Caterpillar MC (9/15/2008 10:18:00 AM)

    Hi, I liked your poem and its true that we are all bound by the invisible ropes...but I have a question, what if somebody did move out of the circle, and did something but people around shunned because you dared to move out? (Report) Reply

  • Albert Wong (6/3/2007 2:16:00 AM)

    An opportunity comes once
    In one’s life, by chance.
    If it’s missed by an error,
    Then, it’s lost forever.

    Yes, it is true sometimes a chance comes once,
    it may just passed forever if not catch it at once. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Gale (5/22/2007 6:57:00 PM)

    Great poem and an easy tenner given here. I bet there was a lot of cow paddies left behind by thatpegged up cow. God bless all poets-MJG. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard Alain (5/1/2007 10:37:00 PM)

    I liked this Raj, indeed we need break free from constraints (unnecessary ones anyway) . I thought perhaps this was written in tetrameter but I have little experience with rhyme, I seemed to flow nicely.
    -Bernie (Report) Reply

  • Raghavan Warrier (1/10/2007 2:31:00 AM)

    Excellent development of a simple commonplace image of a cow tied to its peg into life's complexities. Only a master in his craft can express such profound ideas in such a simple way. (Report) Reply

  • Pia Andersson (1/1/2007 1:38:00 AM)

    Oh what a wise and clever poem to start the new year with...
    'How many have the courage,
    Or, more strength at any age,
    To break this stale bondage
    That shackles at every stage? '
    Why are we staying inside the circle?
    Thank you for reminding us....how precious we are
    Pia (Report) Reply

  • Chandan Roy (9/6/2006 10:37:00 AM)

    Sir, This has truly hit the nail. The message is so loud and clear.... yet in words so simple. You are the master here with the talent to juggle with the words and deliver some social cause. We humans could do so much with our lives and if the guide is of your calibre it becomes more and more exciting. I totally agree with the comment of Dr. Celestine Manohar here...... Please never stop your writings your blessings on us....... Chandan (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (9/1/2006 4:55:00 AM)

    Thomas Carlyle said, 'Let each become all that he was created capable of being.'
    A very wise poem, Rajaram. As always, my applause.

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Dr. A.celestine Raj Manohar Md (9/1/2006 1:09:00 AM)

    The story of every person's life is much more than that of a poor cow's! There are many things to do in life and achieve but limited time.Its up to us to break new ground and do better things.but if we draw a close circle and keep giving lame excuses for our failures and inabilities, it is sheer stupidity!
    A simple common example that carries a much greater, useful philosopical meaning.well done. (Report) Reply

  • Kee Thampi (9/1/2006 12:53:00 AM)

    How many have the courage,
    Or, more strength at any age,
    To break this stale bondage
    That shackles at every stage?

    great message may guide us (Report) Reply

  • Preeti - is here! (9/1/2006 12:50:00 AM)

    There, I've said it time and again, you make 'morals' and 'what to do in life' so interesting. Very well written, the message is clear and the cow example is just perfect. Uncle, you're awesome!

    Preets (Report) Reply

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