Ananta Madhavan

Nature Lies - Poem by Ananta Madhavan

Moth on bark or parakeet on bough,
Seeming other than they are,
Teach us that nature loves deceit;
Yet priggish man exalts the truth,
Being then most seeming in his
Moral camouflage.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Wrote this in May 1978, while living in Hongkong.

Comments about Nature Lies by Ananta Madhavan

  • (2/1/2016 5:07:00 PM)

    Somethings jkust comes natural to some people, or they are learned. (Report) Reply

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  • (12/18/2014 6:39:00 PM)

    Great comparison of man and nature and how deceit is innocently portrayed - 'moth on bark or parakeet on bough' and with man his moral deceit is a more blatant lie in and of itself. Great message within your poem, thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • (10/3/2014 4:05:00 AM)

    Deceit in nature (camouflage) is a prerequiste for survival. The ability to camouflage in nature has evolved. In man it is a lifestyle choice. A lovely little poem with a big message. Well done. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (12/20/2013 12:19:00 AM)

    A very deep introspection into life and surroundings! ! There is camouflaging everywhere! ! (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (12/19/2013 3:49:00 AM)

    Great poem with much truth BB: O) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 16, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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