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Message Ethereal...Part 1 - Poem by Kesav Venkat Easwaran

Note: These poem excerpts are my independent works based on the story material of the Sanskrit poetic work ‘Megha Dhootham’(Cloud Messenger) by Poet Great Kaali Daasa- 5th centuary AD


1
O worthy Cloud! I bow to thee;
Bestow your eyes on this hapless me,
On this Yaksha* unlucky;
I am standing on my weakened feet,
In front of my hermitage, down this valley
2
My master, Kubera* the lord of wealth
Has expelled me from heaven
For my accused negligence to duty;
Accused I was, I pampered my spouse
Failing to fall in time for my lord’s service;
I bear his wrath; am in exile now on earth
In this Ramgiri* for one full seasonal cycle
Unfortunate I am, left to live alone,
Separated from my beloved young wife...
3
Was it a crime? You tell me
For someone as youthful as me
If allotted his time his heart
More to his beloved new bride?
They are lords their words are rules
They enjoy all the celestial bliss,
Despite having their own Devi*
They share shamelessly the Apsaras* girls;
O virtuous Cloud! I salute thee,
Tell me who have more sinned now?
They or the poor servants like me?
4
^O Cloud, you mighty and dark,
As if a tusker in *madh,
Butting against a mountain bank,
You appear high on the *Aashaad awaiting sky,
Full of water virile, of life;
You arouse my desires my lust
You rekindle my enthusiasm the fire inside;
What if my armlets
Have slipped down my forearms
Weakened by the sustained blows of parting?
I pray to you, may you carry my message of love,
My feelings, in the distance to my grief stricken wife...

(To be continued)

1. Yakhsha- one of the working classes in the heavens...the singers
2. Kubera- The controller of heavenly wealth
3. Devi- the lawful heavenly wife
4. Ramgiri- a place in the Chitrakood mounts of central India where prince Ram and Sita stayed briefly while in exile from their kingdom of long fourteen years
4. Apsaras girls- the celestial dancer nymphs
5. Aashaad- the month beginning the winter season
6. Madh- A periodic condition in bull elephants wherein they remain sexually charged, aggressive with copious discharge of thick secretion called ‘temporin’ from the temporal ducts
7. ^ Simile original of Kaali Daasa

18 04 2009


Comments about Message Ethereal...Part 1 by Kesav Venkat Easwaran

  • Rookie - 10 Points Seema Aarella (5/30/2009 4:57:00 AM)

    I have read 'Meghadhootam' and i am an admirer of Kalidasa's works....it became easy for me to slip into the plot and flow of ur version....well started....hope it will gain upon the vast knowledge of kalidasa abt people, places, flora and fauna....which u already seem to project! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    My best wishes for ur venture! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Shashendra Amalshan (5/29/2009 10:30:00 AM)

    Interesting indeed..I like narrative poems...for instance I read sinahala translations of Homer's Odyssy at very young age....And nice of you to translate Mega Dhootham in to English..I ll be back.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Gargi Saha (5/24/2009 12:56:00 PM)

    A lovely poem. Love & hugs..........u get 10++++++ (Report) Reply

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