Treasure Island

chandra thiagarajan


Abode of Love


Love cannot be contained
And kept within doors
The Love ingrained
Will be let out with tears.

When in people Love is copious
Even to the very bones, they give
The Love-less people are ambitious
Appropriating all to themselves massive.


Like the relation of life precious
With body and soul
There should be relation of life precious
With life as a whole.


When you are with Love in amicability
You are in great harmony
That begets cordiality
And with friendship you are in symphony.


The greatness of binding Love
Who long live in wed-lock
Will obtain in Heaven
The result of their true love-lock.


Love is the base of virtue
So deem the Wise
For demolishing the evil too
Love does instantly rise.


Like the fierce sun’s heat
That roasts the critters
A soul sans love sweet
Virtue’s power dries it to litters.


When the mind sans Love
Lives in this domestic world
It’s like dry boulders that allow
Shooting of tender leaves curled.


If the inner organ—the mind
Is of suffusing Love devoid
Of what use is it to have in bind
The other organs which are then void.


That body which treads in life
The Love- path, so glad
Is the one which pulsates with life
Else it’s a skeleton, skin clad.

Submitted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

*Inspired by’ Thirukkural ‘considered to be the Tamil- Veda
written by the Poet Saint’ Thiruvalluvar’ some 2000 years ago.
These are the 10 Kurals from the chapter’ Anbudaimai ‘

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  • Valerie Dohren (7/30/2013 1:10:00 PM)

    Love is the binding force of the universe, and without it we are lost. Great poem Chandra. (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (7/29/2013 6:15:00 AM)

    We all need to be loved and we all need to love. It is true that love makes the world go round. (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (7/26/2013 10:11:00 AM)

    'The Thirukkural' is an epic that speaks of a life and its phases of an era. Your poem has recreated the power of love though you have just thrown light on only 10 of the Kurals. Great Madam Chandra (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (7/26/2013 6:06:00 AM)

    A comprehensive and inspiring description. If we're not convinced of love's importance after reading this then there's no hope for us. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (7/25/2013 6:48:00 AM)

    When the mind sans Love
    Lives in this domestic world
    It’s like dry boulders that allow
    Shooting of tender leaves curled.
    beautiful write. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (7/25/2013 6:48:00 AM)

    When the mind sans Love
    Lives in this domestic world
    It’s like dry boulders that allow
    Shooting of tender leaves curled.
    beautiful write. (Report) Reply

  • Kavya . (7/25/2013 1:20:00 AM)

    thx for sharing this poem mam from the veda book - indeed love is spoken about in its purest form and the last line says it all....enjoyed reading (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (7/25/2013 12:20:00 AM)

    A poem on Love, so profound and deep! Love is the one possession that never dwindles when generously shared! Thank you for introducing the sacred lessons of life contained in Thirukkural... The great epic in Tamil! Only people like you can do such wonderful translation for us, aliens to the vast Tamil Literature! The last stanza sums it all! ! Enjoyed! ! (Report) Reply

  • Dee Corpolongo (7/24/2013 6:01:00 PM)

    Wow, Chandra, this is so deep and very true.....though I do not understand your notes
    about the poem... (sorry..) , I still felt your descriptive words and feelings about love and
    it gave me chills. Beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

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