Treasure Island

RAJ NANDY

(CALCUTTA, NOW SETTLED IN NEW DELHI)

THE CYNICS


THE CYNICS

In early fourth century BC was born,
Antisthenes,
The founder of the School of Cynics!
He was a faithful disciple of Socrates;
Uncouth and disdainful of the amenities
of life,
Preferred to lead the so called ‘dog’s life’!
But of all the Cynics perhaps the best
known, -
Was Diogenes of Sinope! *
All his life he had lived in a tub,
And walked the streets in broad day light,
With a lantern in hand, looking for someone, -
Worthy to be called a Man!
In the city of Corinth, when the great Alexander
stood before his view,
And asked Diogenes, ‘How can I help you? ’,
Diogenes had calmly replied, -
‘Stand a bit out of my sunlight, will you! ’
Alexander taken a back amazed, is know to
have said, -
‘If I was not Alexander, I would like to be
Diogenes! ’
And by some strange coincidence of History,
Which yet remains a mystery;
On the same day of the year 323 Before Christ,
Both Alexander and Diogenes had died!
-Raj Nandy
New Delhi

(*This is an extract from my ‘History of Ancient Philosophy’ in verse!
Alexander’s tutor was the great Plato & he respected Philosophy!
Or else Diogenes would have been killed for his insolence!)

Submitted: Saturday, November 08, 2008
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