Rajendran Muthiah

Gold Star - 15,201 Points (16.03.1950)

Fortress (By Thiruvalluvar In Tamil) - Poem by Rajendran Muthiah

741. Essential is the fortress to those who are offensive
And to avoid woes, those prefer to be defensive.
742. A fortress has the fountain of water, vast land and hill
And surrounding forests with cool shade to fill.
743. A fortress is high, wide, strong and, secure to danger lurks
As formulated by learned works.
744. A fortress which needs least defence though it has vast land
Will weaken the verve of foes to strand.
745. An invincible fortress with enormous stock of food
Ensures the inmates a stable life so good.
746. A fortress is strong that with things of all kinds amply stored
And great warriors to defend at times, it should afford.
747. A strong fortress unrelents to assaults or hurling darts
And to the siege of undermining hearts.
748. A strong fortress nerves the inmates the besiegers to resist
And stand firm and make the foes to desist.
749. A fortress is the one where the inmates should slay the foes
Win laurels with warring skills by ignoring the woes.
750. A mighty fortress it may be!
No use, if the people in are dull and lazy.

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Saint Thiruvalluvar has described the features of a strong fortress. Daily we read from newspapers that terrorists have stormed the forts in Kashmir. The armed forces should read what Thiruvalluvar has said on invincible forts,2000 years back in Tamil, the classical language of India.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 22, 2015

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