Ananta Madhavan


Nature Lies


Moth on bark or parakeet on bough,
Seeming other than they are,
Teach us that nature loves deceit;
Yet priggish man exalts the truth,
Being then most seeming in his
Moral camouflage.

Submitted: Monday, December 16, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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Wrote this in May 1978, while living in Hongkong.

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  • Gold Star - 12,220 Points Roseann Shawiak (12/18/2014 6:39:00 PM)

    Great comparison of man and nature and how deceit is innocently portrayed - 'moth on bark or parakeet on bough' and with man his moral deceit is a more blatant lie in and of itself. Great message within your poem, thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,578 Points Achill Lad (10/3/2014 4:05:00 AM)

    Deceit in nature (camouflage) is a prerequiste for survival. The ability to camouflage in nature has evolved. In man it is a lifestyle choice. A lovely little poem with a big message. Well done. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,033 Points Valsa George (12/20/2013 12:19:00 AM)

    A very deep introspection into life and surroundings! ! There is camouflaging everywhere! ! (Report) Reply

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