Monday, May 16, 2005

Little Black Ant

Here are a few lines from U.R.Ananthamurthy’s poem 'The Dalai Lama and History' (trans. N.Manu Chakravarthy):
At Delhi, on some day,
The Dalai Lama noticed the black ant
On his saffron robe, even as he was speaking
With intense concentration and concern
About the plight of his unfortunate countrymen
Trapped in the vicissitudes of modern history -
Gently, smiling throughout,
The soft-spoken sanyasi stopped speaking
Held the ant gently and carefully by the tips of his fingers,
Let it out to move around safely on the table,
Proceeding to talk, smilingly.


Hello, all. It’s great to be here. Let’s talk, without losing sight of that little black ant.


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