Dr.V.K. Kanniappan

(17.10.1944 / Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India)

The Arrow Is Straight, But Kills!


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!

Submitted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Hi,
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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  • Doug Bentley (9/3/2013 6:59:00 PM)

    I have read that there are elements of the Tamil tongue in every major language. If so, they were most ancient sailors of the seven seas. Yet, the sentiments in this poem are modern - and noble. Interesting project. Thank you! (Report) Reply

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