Treasure Island

Nikhil Parekh

(27/08/1977 / Dehradun, India)

the easiest way to provoke me


The easiest way to provoke a madman; was to recount to him the incidents of his life which actually triggered off his madness,
The easiest way to provoke a politician; was to vehemently oppose the policies he proposed,
The easiest way to provoke a roadside beggar; was to keep reminding him incessantly of his poverty and impoverished state,
The easiest way to provoke a school teacher; was to give preposterously wrong answers; to every question she asked,
The easiest way to provoke a gardener; was to furtively keep plucking the fruits from his trees; driving him beyond the point of imaginable exasperation,
The easiest way to provoke a lion; was to snatch its prey with astounding ease; right from the center of its jaws,
The easiest way to provoke the musician; was to blurt out cacophonic tunes every time he felt; that he had established himself into a perfect rhythm,
The easiest way to provoke guests entering the dwelling; was to blend your oily scalp hair; in the tea you hospitably served them,
The easiest way to provoke the mammoth elephant; was to leave a battalion of red ants next to his feet; when he was overwhelmingly relishing his meal of green leaf,
The easiest way to provoke the peon in the office; was to order him to serve you a glass of water; as soon as the poor fellow had delivered the previous one,
The easiest way to provoke the soldier; was to let the enemy pass from under his nose; camouflaged in the color of the surrounding; to evade the most ingenious of his senses,
The easiest way to provoke the monstrous shark; was to shoot its jaded body with a fleet of lanky harpoons,
The easiest way to provoke a clown; was to burst into hysterical sobs, when he performed his comic acts,
The easiest way to provoke the priest; was to disturb his profound concentration; when he was lost in reciting the name of God,
The easiest way to provoke the magician; was to steal away the wand he used to execute magic & transform all stone into gold,
The easiest way to provoke a writer; was to cynically view his work; tell him blatantly on his face; that he wouldn't earn even a penny out of the infinite volumes of literature he had taken pains to pen down,
The easiest way to provoke the Almighty creator; was to violate his laws of existence; drift on a nefarious path that eventually found him decimate you to raw ash,
And the easiest way to provoke me; was to lay eyes on my beloved; try and cast a spell on her already engaged heart; which either found me killing the person who dared to do so; or in case if I failed; bidding goodbye to this earth forever. 

Submitted: Saturday, August 16, 2014

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