On life and its vagaries

Insect seen in path

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The other day as I was walking along I saw an insect on the concrete path. It was beautiful to look at with myriad spots and antennas. I was amused and stayed awhile to watch it. Also wondered who placed it on the path. It was not one which we normally see.  Then its masters came along, it was a group of children. They told me:

Don’t go near, it will sting. Though we have plucked its stings out, they  may have grown back.

Okay I said, I am happy where I am.

It’s a trained insect you know, do you want to see the tricks it plays?

Yeah let’s see them.

One of them made a series of passes over it and it turned over to its back and started performing.

You see we are sending it energy. We can even make it do these tricks from a distance. The children said.

Now, how do you do that?

We send it thoughts you know, images about what to do. You can call it dreams.

I laughed. Children are intrepid.  One of them even taught a technique of meditation to me one day.

You just have to sit like this, close your eyes and a light will come along.

He said.

Why do you do it? I now asked amused. Don’t you think it has a life of its own?

It has no soul; insects are just like a lot of robots. We can make them do what we like. Only man has a soul.

But brother, it’s a living thing, it should have a soul.

They were adamant that it hasn’t. Well I left it there, children will always be children.

These few lines are about that incident.

Insect seen in path

Tiny insect seen in path

Did I step on you?

Did I disturb your sweet repose?

Did I rattle your peace?

Why else  should you rear your head up

And look me through those blood red eyes?

Tiny insect seen in path

I love your colorful spots and your concealed stings

And the tiny sacs of poison you may have

I know you were not in meditation

That little head is only programmed to react

And not to think…….

Tiny insect seen in path

I think I have to laugh now

For I see the insect-charmers coming along

After their long stint at the ecstasy lounge

And I see you swaying frantically

To the tunes played by them

Oh, you the poor little thing

You are really domesticated and not wild

Your stings have all been plucked out.

Tiny insect seen in path

Why do I feel sorry for you?

Yes, I could have saved you

I could have picked you up

And protected you till your stings grow again

So that you can hunt in the wild and survive

Yet I chose not to do it.

Tiny insect seen in path

I still prefer to be the observer

The one who enjoys the play of life

And not one who alters paths

I am sorry that your sight is delusional

And do not reach beyond your confinement

I can only wish you freedom

But how can that ever happen?

You sadly seem to have become

A receptacle for your charmers dreams………..


Written by Sam

October 15, 2009 at 7:41 am

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  1. dearest sam,

    the story and the poem both are too good. it really wonders me too.. this hidden cruelty in children, that talks about your theory, doesnot it? we all start with same material, with age we decide which wolf we shall feed.. the white one or the black one.

    both are fabulous.


    October 15, 2009 at 2:34 pm

  2. Thank you dearest Trisha,

    I thought you might like it too 🙂

    You know, I have watched little children tearing an insect apart limb by limb with clinical precision quite nonchalantly. They would appear like a study on sobriety at those moments. Full of concentration and interest, quite sure of what they are doing.

    I don’t think they were being cruel. It is in their nature to investigate and dismantle things. They are the lords of their universes and they are not conscious of any guilt. Sin only occurs when we become conscious of guilt. To them black and white do not exist. They are only conscious of life and their interest in it.


    October 15, 2009 at 4:10 pm

  3. adults should teach them to not do it.. because later when they will grow up they will regret those cruelties if they grow up to become normal human beings..


    October 16, 2009 at 1:41 pm

  4. Well, yes and no

    Yes because they need to learn not to be destructive and be constructive instead.

    No because that is how we make them cowards and bring them down to our level of a frightened existence, where everything is taboo.

    We need to find a way to make them aware of their importance as well as their responsibility without making them afraid of life. A tricky proposition I know.


    October 16, 2009 at 3:49 pm

  5. CRUEL PEOPLE ARE THE BIGGEST COWARDS .. parents should teach children that its the duty of powerful creatures to be compassionate to weaker creatures.


    October 17, 2009 at 7:52 pm

  6. Only sadistic people are cruel, dearest Trisha and that is a result of some inner need. Real people who does something which is apparently cruel to the general public may be acting in good faith and are thus not cowards at all.

    For example: a deteriorating law and order situation might necessitate strong action, people may even die because of that . It is not a cowardly action. It is Dharma as Krishna stated.

    And yes children need to learn compassion, but they will naturally, I have seen the greatest trouble makers in childhood become very quite and compassionate in later life. 🙂


    October 18, 2009 at 1:57 pm

  7. dearest sam,
    i have seen too many kids who were nasty as children became monsters when they grew up..

    if the white wolf is starved from childhood it grows up malnourished..


    October 19, 2009 at 2:32 pm

  8. May be you are right. There is a saying here:

    “Habits formed in childhood leave us only at death”

    May be there is something in it. But I would like to believe that man can reform himself as he goes on in life.


    October 19, 2009 at 5:39 pm

  9. dearest sam,
    yes, man can reform himself.. i strongly believe in that. but parents should better not take the risk and teach the children good things ..


    October 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm

  10. Okay, I am the flexibly guy, you are the strong woman. You would shine as a teacher, while I would be playing with them all the time 🙂


    October 20, 2009 at 5:47 pm

  11. dearest sam,

    i have deep fear that it will turn out to be other way round.. you will be shouting and we will be playing 🙂


    October 21, 2009 at 3:16 pm

  12. Well, dearest Trisha,

    I may shout a bit, but even when I do that, children don’t often mind it and would still come to play with me.


    October 21, 2009 at 6:51 pm

  13. dearest sam,
    i may sulk.. you know children dont have ego.. they are pure souls but adults have ego.


    October 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm

  14. I haven’t, that which you in me is only play 🙂


    October 22, 2009 at 4:43 pm

  15. what did the pixie said ? “I haven’t, that which you in me is only play” ?


    October 25, 2009 at 7:27 am

  16. Well the pixie took out the word ‘see’ from the sentence

    The whole sentence I planned was :

    ” I haven’t , that which you see in me is only play . ”

    Elaborated it means that I haven’t any ego and that the semblance of ego you see in me now is only a play.


    October 25, 2009 at 12:32 pm

  17. i have a sky high ego.. 🙂


    October 25, 2009 at 4:45 pm

  18. Well that is why I say that you have a chance of becoming a good story writer. People with big ego’s are ambitious and in todays world such a strong ego acts in the background of every success.

    Translate that ego into gains dearest Trisha 🙂


    October 25, 2009 at 6:43 pm

  19. do they? 🙂 🙂 i dont have any material ambitions 😦


    October 27, 2009 at 3:28 pm

  20. That’s just not possible. The equation is:

    Ego = ambition 🙂


    October 27, 2009 at 7:26 pm

  21. yes it is possible 🙂
    ego iz not equal to ambition.. 🙂
    narcissus had a sky high ego but no ambitions 🙂


    October 28, 2009 at 4:48 pm

  22. Ever consider Electra? 🙂


    October 28, 2009 at 6:27 pm

  23. whats that? i have drunk an energy drink named elektra in childhood, are you referring to that? are you? grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


    October 29, 2009 at 2:47 pm

  24. I saw you drinking it. I am very clairvoyant 😉
    ( its a joke)


    October 29, 2009 at 7:15 pm

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