chandra thiagarajan


The Bright Student


There were students two
Who were bright equally
The master ‘s idea was to
Ascertain the one who shone brightly.

Before them he placed
Two big bottles empty
Queried to what they cased
And to answer immediately.

One student instantly said
That there was nothing in it
But the other thoughtfully said
That air was cased in it.

The master on his tract
Said to the second student
“I want you to extract
From the bottle, the air present.”

The student was for a moment dazed
Then thought for a while deeply
At the bottle he intently gazed
And in a trice decided aptly.

A jar of water he brought
And into it he poured
The filled in air was upshot
And with glee his heart soared.

The master was immensely satisfied
While the other student stood stupefied!

Submitted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Edited: Monday, September 16, 2013

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  • Shahzia Batool (5/17/2013 12:41:00 AM)

    Such brilliant students can come at the forefront and be encouraged by due appreciation just like this poem! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Www.poemhunter.com/m-d-dinesh-nair-2 Search 2 (5/16/2013 6:53:00 PM)

    I duly appreciate this poem. But my experience is such tales are quoted often but no one knows how many of the youngsters can demonstrate their brilliance like this. But people like me who teach and teach would like to feel the breeze of this kind when we sit and stare at the heat of the task Herculean at times. Thank you madam for sharing this poem (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (5/15/2013 8:58:00 PM)

    the degree of difference always play a havoc on society / male and female equally bright but we segregated, women as inferior but it's wrong / it is like this say both stood first with 95% in the exam, one got 100% in math, other 100% in science though the marks are same but there are degree of difference both are equal too. thank ma'am nice poem (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (5/15/2013 6:40:00 AM)

    Is the glass half full or half empty? That is the question of life. A good poem. (Report) Reply

  • Yasmeen Khan (5/13/2013 12:07:00 PM)

    Wow! the ideas of pessimism and optimism explained through this didactic poem.The half glass-full philosophy described nicely.I loved it's moral. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (5/13/2013 7:09:00 AM)

    Some children astonish their teachers through thier sharp wit and practical wisdom! Bookish knowledge and knowledge of life are two different things, though both are needed to be a successful student! ! An anecdote with a lesson! Enjoyed! ! (Report) Reply

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