The Arrow Is Straight, But Kills! - Poem by Dr.V.K. Kanniappan
In spite of the fact the arrow is straight
It is dangerous and kills the enemy in fight!
But, the fact that the Lute or Veenai is curved,
It produces the nice music the artist rendered!
Likewise, one has to judge the humane
Nature, virtues and character of deserving men,
By the good deeds he does to others,
But not by their fair appearance thither!
Poet's Notes about The Poem
This poem is a translation of a Tamil poem from literature 'ThirukkuRaL'.
கணைகொடியது யாழ்கோடு செவ்விதாங் கன்ன
வினைபடு பாலாற் கொளல்.279 கூடாஒழுக்கம்
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