Rajaram Ramachandran

Gold Star - 21,602 Points (13-7-31 (see reverse) / Chennai born, now at Juhu, Mumbai, India)

A Fly In A Spider Web - Poem by Rajaram Ramachandran

It was a time-tested custom,
Indians built up a system
After the parent’s choice
Any wedlock took place,

Time has changed this.
Parents have no voice.
Earlier, ‘Marry and love’
Is ‘Love and marry’ now

A married-naval-man,
Satisfied not with one,
Spread his spider-net,
Wherein a fly took rest.

The spider danced awhile,
As a chance for it to avail,
Of the day’s prey that fell
And stuck into its net well.

The girl loved this man,
Not knowing his plan,
To divorce his first wife
And secure a new life.

She stayed in a hostel.
They often met in a hotel.
She insisted on marriage.
But he had no courage.

The matter went serious.
She became suspicious.
He came one fine morn,
With a chopper and gun.

His plan was to cut,
Her head and bury it,
But he became shaky
As she pleaded mercy.

He took his pistol
And shot at the girl
A bullet hit her head.
At once she fell dead.

Their joyful love-play
Had not its long-stay,
As the spider ran away
After devouring its prey.

The Moral Lesson

One can love and marry,
But only after deep enquiry,
This, if anyone fails to carry
Will it not end in a tragedy?

Comments about A Fly In A Spider Web by Rajaram Ramachandran

  • Brian Jani (7/14/2014 5:54:00 AM)

    classic enemies, spider and fly = cat and mouse.well done on this piece. (Report) Reply

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  • (7/6/2008 4:34:00 AM)

    Youngsters need to be educated on the significance of our traditions and practices. (Report) Reply

  • (6/18/2007 6:39:00 AM)

    It's a timely warning to the youngsters of the evil minded grooms. Thorough enquiry preceding the marriage is very vital. Very poignantly brought out. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • (6/7/2007 12:42:00 PM)

    Moral instruction in simple words making a nice poem (Report) Reply

  • (6/6/2007 3:27:00 PM)

    a true, tragic versified story that is quite common in the modern world.a fore-warning to youngsters regarding the inherent risks involved when they get baited by 'lust rather than love'.parental advice to children of marriageable age is important in the present day, 'fast., mechanical, world, which is turning to be foolish in many ways! '
    good work, Poet shri R.R.
    Dr John Celes
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  • (6/5/2007 9:49:00 PM)

    What a tragic story! This is a poem that needed to be written. And you have done it so well. The mood of this one will stay with the reader for quite a while. Excellent write, Rajaram.

    Your distant friend,

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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