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Zeus, what are thy intentions?

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Aristophanes in his play ’Peace’ was thus expressing a desire to end the destructive wars between Greek cities which often lasted for years. Trygaeus the hero in his play, very worried about the unending wars, wanted to go to mount Olympus and request Zeus to end them.


He tried to get there by many ways, including building a ladder for the purpose. But he broke his head falling down from it; at last he got hold of a giant  dung beetle as his steed to heaven.


He thus gets to mount Olympus, but there were no one there except the god of war who was pounding up the Greek cities in a mortar. The goddess of peace had been thrown into a pit and had to be rescued from it and re installed.


Out of mere curiosity I thought it amusing to invite Trygaeus to our world.


Zeus, what are thy intentions?


Aristophanes, we beseech you

Tell us where Trygaeus is

Did you hide him somewhere here

Where no one else would ever find him

To make Greece the only beneficiary,

Of his legendary care?


But yet where would you hide his beetle

Even if you wanted to, we wonder…

That smell, which even Trygeus feared

Could have made it impossible for you


Or did he go with the beetle, to someplace

Where the trouble is still brewing?

To the heaven cities perhaps

Or possibly to the domains of darkness

Which lies far and wide in this universe?


Yet why do we sometimes hear the cry

“Ah! Zeus, what are thy intentions?”

Resounding around us without rest

And see this fleeting vision of a man,

Asking questions to the skies in anguish:


“Dost thou not see this,

That our cities will soon be but empty husks?”


Aristophanes, is it your hero

Who is sleep-walking over this wasteland

To cast his troubled eye over our burning culture

And wail again for its sorry plight


Did he come back from the heaven world

Confusing these for his own dear cities

And worried by the way they are being

Pounded by the god of death into dust


Or did he realize that his work is not over

And that the mortar, in which these are

Pounded, is not the crucible of bloody war

But a different but more lethal one…..


One which does not leave even husks in their wake,

But lays the entire civilizations to waste

Aristophanes, we hope that you have called

Him back (like you did then) for a survey on us

And report to God that all is well in this small hell.

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Written by Sam

October 16, 2009 at 1:21 pm

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  1. your poetry is shooting skyward.. its fantastic.

    trisha

    October 16, 2009 at 1:40 pm

  2. It is very comforting to hear that, dearest Trisha, thank you 🙂

    Sam

    October 16, 2009 at 3:42 pm

  3. dearest sam,

    you have changed your way of poetry and that has made it fantastic.

    happy dipawali. may the Goddess Lakshmi shower down all her blessings on you and your sweetun and every one.

    trisha

    October 17, 2009 at 7:51 pm

  4. Thank you dearest Trisha for the kind words on my writing and for the Dipawali wishes. I Also wish wish that Mookambika( that is Laksmi to us) may shower you and your near and dear with her blessings. 🙂

    Sam

    October 18, 2009 at 1:39 pm

  5. dearest sam,
    mother goddesses have always been pretty sweet to me.. ma saraswati, madurga, makali, ma lakshmi.. everyone… i was deprived from the blessings of Gods that too have been compensated by extra blessings of Lord Ganesha.. 🙂

    but just like a bar of chocolate an extra blessing is always welcome.

    trisha

    October 19, 2009 at 2:30 pm

  6. I like Ganesha with that cute face and single tusk and paunch. The picture of course is the representation of the word ‘aum’ as is written in Sanskrit.

    What a plethora of gods and goddesses we have 🙂 All of them are delightful.

    Sam

    October 19, 2009 at 5:34 pm

  7. dearest sam,
    i too love this huge collection of Gods and Goddesses, they are awesome.. 🙂

    i too love ganesha, he is so baby like.

    trisha

    October 20, 2009 at 4:18 pm

  8. Correct. He is cute. There are a large number of people who collect his idols in different shapes and sizes. There is a large array of them I think , beautiful to look at.

    Sam

    October 20, 2009 at 5:43 pm

  9. dearest sam,

    i have seen rows of Ganesha idols in some drawing rooms and they all look beautiful.

    i have a gala collection of his pix 🙂

    trisha

    October 21, 2009 at 3:15 pm

  10. Lovely. My girl collects his idols, there are a few at home 🙂

    Sam

    October 21, 2009 at 6:44 pm

  11. dearest sam,
    one of my cousins used to collect them too, so do lot of north indians. 🙂

    trisha

    October 22, 2009 at 3:01 pm

  12. Yeah I know dearest Trisha. Its a great hobby to some 🙂

    Sam

    October 22, 2009 at 4:42 pm

  13. i have collected almost all the mails which i have received till date 🙂

    trisha

    October 25, 2009 at 7:26 am

  14. Dearest Trisha,

    It is a disappearing art, writing to people in the old fashion. Now only official establishments do so.

    If you have enough mails to call it a collection, then I envy you.

    Sam

    October 25, 2009 at 12:25 pm

  15. i have hundreds of them… 🙂 and if you add up the greetings cards with them, ahem.. then i have a gala collection.

    trisha

    October 25, 2009 at 4:44 pm

  16. It might even become a priceless possession after some time.

    You know they tell the tale of our lives in a way 🙂

    Sam

    October 25, 2009 at 6:39 pm

  17. and in wrong hands… 🙂

    trisha

    October 27, 2009 at 3:27 pm

  18. All hands are right, only the minds are wrong ( don’t murder me for this terrible joke) 🙂

    Sam

    October 27, 2009 at 7:24 pm

  19. bravo!!!!! 🙂

    trisha

    October 28, 2009 at 4:47 pm

  20. You are a lovely soul 🙂

    Sam

    October 28, 2009 at 5:44 pm

  21. gracias senor!!! i am not half as lovely as you are 🙂

    trisha

    October 29, 2009 at 2:45 pm

  22. Gracias Señorita

    I am very fierce looking. I have seen people quake when they face me 😉

    Sam

    October 29, 2009 at 7:05 pm


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