Raj Arumugam

Girl Child And Ha Ha Boy Come To The Chrysanthemum Fields - Poem by Raj Arumugam

Girl Child and Ha Ha boy walk a long way. At last they come to Chrysanthemum Fields.

“Was it not of these fields”, says Ha Ha boy, “that the bird sang once?

‘fullness is radiant
in the chrysanthemum
complete with energy its fields;
O see that fullness
in one’s very being’”

“Dearest Chrysanthemums, “says girl Child, speaking to the Field of Chrysanthemums. “The bird in the bamboo grove is missing. That gentle bird who sings for delight and for joy is missing. I found some petals from your family in the grove. Do you know who took the bird? ”

Mother Chrysanthemum speaks:
“Dear Children...we know the bird; we have heard the bird in the bamboo grove even from here. There was the Desirer, a man in dark clothes and covered with a hood and who walked past here. He trampled on my children and some of the petals stuck to his boots. That’s how you must have found the petals at the grove.”

And Mother Chrysanthemum continues:
“He’s taken the bird to the King of Grim Land for a reward that the King offered for the bird.
Go there and see the King and ask for the bird from the bamboo grove whom the King now keeps prisoner.”

“We will, ” says the girl Child.
“Thank you Mother Chrysanthemum, ” says Ha Ha boy.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 14, 2010

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