I couldn’t quite figure out till date,
If destiny makes us or we make our fate!
If what is destined can never be changed,
Why struggle at all, just blame it on fate? !
But today I recall that old story line,
Young Napoleon was once a truant child!
His worried mother took the child, -
To seek a fortuneteller’s advice!
The old teller had smiled and said, -
‘Madam your son has no line of fate! ’
Young Napoleon took out his pen knife,
Cut his palm to carve his fate line!
Rest is history nothing more need be said;
You may now decide about that line of
-Raj Nandy
06 May 09
(After writing about serious historical stuff,
I wanted to write about lighter things!)

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Submitted: Wednesday, May 06, 2009

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Comments about this poem (**FATE AND DESTINY! by RAJ NANDY )

  • Rookie Subroto Chatterjee (5/15/2009 8:29:00 PM)

    Having an external locus of control will ensure that a person will always blame and rely on his/her 'fate' on external elements for his success and failures (especially the latter) .
    In the case of internal locus of control, the person takes responsibility for his own actions and plans...with little or no excuses for failures on external sources. As you an see, Napoleon had an internal locus of control. Thanks for the topic of your poem! !
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  • Rookie Mamta Agarwal (5/7/2009 7:48:00 AM)

    why struggle at all, just blame it on fate- interesting opening lines and then an anecdote to leave the reader to figure out. good questions, serious one in a lighter vein.10

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  • Rookie - 96 Points Rani Turton (5/6/2009 7:36:00 AM)

    Nice questions, Raj. Destiny is a big question, as opposed to fatality? (Report) Reply

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