Somanathan Iyer

Words Of Wisdom - Poem by Somanathan Iyer

Most sought after is the cow's milk
Even though found in small quantity
Who cares for donkey's milk
Even though it is bucket full!

Look alike both salt and camphor
Taste different when tested on tongue
Virtuous men stand apart from rest
Even though all pretend alike

Possible to extract oil by squeezing sand
Possible to drink water from Optical illusions
Possible to find the horn on rabbit
Impossible to enlighten the mind of fools

A wicked flaunts power of money
A virtuous treats with words of wisdom
Gold even though precious
Can never give the sound like brass

Poet's Notes about The Poem

A humble attempt to translate the great words of all time greats.

Comments about Words Of Wisdom by Somanathan Iyer

  • Valsa George (3/3/2013 7:46:00 AM)

    These are indeed nuggets of wisdom! Enjoyed reading! ! (Report) Reply

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  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (2/26/2013 11:49:00 AM)

    Your attempt to translte the age old words of wisdom is noteworthy. It will be good if you state at the bottom the sources of these words such as Vemana Satakam, Sumati Satakam, Bharthruhari Subhashitam etc] (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 11, 2013

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