Dr John Celes

(14-2-1957 / Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India)

Sonnet: Be Optimistic


Give me some wood and I will make a boat;
Give me more wood and I will build a ship;
Give me the cloth and I will stitch a coat;
Give me the years and I will make friendship.

Give me just mud and I will build a hut;
Give me cement and multi-storeys rise;
Give me my crosses; I'll keep my mouth shut;
Give me more sufferings, I'll keep of vice.

Give me courage to do away with strife;
Give me a job to earn my livelihood;
Give me the chances to succeed in life;
Give me the love I need in my childhood.

Give me something, I'll do accordingly;
Give me a spouse or I will live singly!

Submitted: Saturday, June 21, 2003

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