Trying To Keep The Butter Over The Head Of The Peacock! - Poem by Dr.V.K. Kanniappan
O’ sweet natured girl who has broad eyes
…smeared with eye paste to the eyelid margins!
By hating and not trying to safeguard the thing
…which is in front of you and can be possessed easily,
But, later on after second thought, trying to get the same
…while it was not so easy to acquire and own it for yourself,
It is similar to trying to keep the butter
...over the head of the peacock and catching it
after the butter melts and hides its eyes!
Poet's Notes about The Poem
This poem 'Trying to keep the butter over the head of the peacock! ' is a translation of a poem from Tamil literature 'pazhamozhi naanooRu'
முன்னை யுடையது காவா திகந்திருந்து
பின்னையஃ தாராய்ந்து கொள்குறுதல் - இன்னியல்
மைத்தடங்கண் மாதராய்! அஃதாதல் வெண்ணெய்மேல்
வைத்து மயில்கொள்ளு மாறு.325 - பழமொழி நானூறு
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