Treasure Island

M.D Dinesh Nair




Her smile begins in the heart like a seed sprouting
And then it creeps into the mouth and blooms like a flower
With a glee spread all within her heart
She lets her children see her smile luminous like the full moon.
Oh dear mother, what can match with your smile
When the jasmine and the lily yield to you?


We must know how to tell the truth
Even if it is forbidden.
First we have to close our eyes,
Then open our mouths
And next we speak it out loud and flee the scene
As many knives brutal will be drawn next.


I saw dark clouds floating in the sky
I next saw a smile blooming on the face of a farmer
And I thought it would rain once
But it didn`t.
The farmer squatted and wept for a while
And the clouds had the last laugh.


Once he said, ” What is yours is yours
And what is mine is also yours”.
Next he said, ” What is yours is yours
And what is mine is mine”.
Now he says, ”What is mine is mine
And what is yours is also mine”.


The care taker sat brooding over the house in disorder
While the imp tickled him to no end in public.
Even as his mother smiled at both for it was just a kill
The crowd hailed in ecstasy and then jeered in confusion.
The game was now to be played by another person
With the father long forgotten by all alike.

*India September 2013 to May 2014

Submitted: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Edited: Monday, September 30, 2013

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  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (9/30/2013 11:36:00 AM)

    All your musings are applicable for all times. We will look forward to your October musings. Hope the previous musings help in some changes for good. (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (9/29/2013 10:13:00 AM)

    Thank you Shahziaji and Valsa madam for your analytical comments. I thought of deleting the 4th piece, but leave it here for those who might not have heard of this anecdote. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (9/29/2013 4:36:00 AM)

    I thoroughly enjoyed this September musings, Dinesh!

    1. A mother's smile that reflects pure love has the fragrance and beauty of a jasmine and lily. There is no friendship nor love like that of a mother for her child!
    2. It made me smile to myself.... I am reminded of naughty boys who pelt stones and flee!
    3. Farmers are the unhappy lot who often fall victims to Nature's deceptive tricks!
    4. This ownership notion, as I have heard before, doesn't surprise me.
    5.I didn't get the fifth one clearly... but I assume that it refers to the present political scenario of India... in the backdrop of the next general election! (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (9/28/2013 2:07:00 AM)

    Your September musings have a mellowness received from the candid observation of life...the mother part touched the heart, the clouds part is about all the hide and seek nature plays with humans, the ownership part is a meaningful game of words with a depth of the present scenario of bonding, while the game of these times is hard though true in the last two lines...and yes, of course...We must know how to tell the truth
    Even if it is forbidden...the brutal knives are to be felt scary, indeed! (Report) Reply

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