Dr.V.K. Kanniappan

(17.10.1944 / Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India)

An illiterate who knows nothing


As if a poor man in need of money
waiting for the right time at the mercy
of a rich man to improve his family,

an illiterate who knows nothing
and wants to learn some thing
to get power and knowledge
has to wait patiently and humbly
at the mercy of a learned scholar;

If not, he can't learn
and considered as lowest
among the men!

Submitted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Edited: Monday, June 16, 2014
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Hi,
This poem, 'An illiterate who knows nothing' is a translation of a poem from Tammil literature 'ThirukkuRaL'

உடையார்முன் இல்லார்போல் ஏக்கற்றும் கற்றார்;
கடையரே கல்லா தவர்.395 கல்வி

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