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Tribhawan Kaul

(01-01-1946 / Srinagar (J & K) India)

The Martyr


Lotus blooms only in mud
bleeding wounds do give solace
colour, caste, religion matter not
flag of pride and ownership do.

Nectar and poison drawn
from churning a rouge entity,
for everyone to reap
gruff of a lion is enough for sheep
yet clever is fox in numerous garbs.

Poison of hatred everywhere
drink like Neelkantha*, spare the nectar
for those, who need it the most
heaven is hidden somewhere there
raise the bar there is nothing to fear
your body may be consigned to flames
But not YOU, never ever.
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All rights reserved/Tribhawan Kaul

Submitted: Friday, October 04, 2013
Edited: Friday, October 04, 2013

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*Hindu religious scriptures (mainly Shiv Puran) say that during the great churning of sea by Gods and Demons, nectar and poison both were produced. None was prepared to consume poison (Halahal) but that had to be consumed otherwise that would have made entire sea poisonous. So Lord Shiva took the poison for the benefit of all but did not swallow it and kept it in his throat making his entire neck bluish. The Lord since then came to be known as ‘Neel Kantha ‘ (Having Blue coloured throat) also.

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  • Jarea` Poet (10/8/2013 10:00:00 PM)

    gruff of a lion is enough for sheep
    yet clever is fox in numerous garbs.
    I like the lion to sheep relation in this... then the fox in garbs line.. beautiful... (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (10/5/2013 6:30:00 AM)

    Yes, someone has to be the saviour or martyr for others to live in peace! When we undertake some sacrifice for the commmon good, much of our comforts and even our existence may be in peril, but the inner entity in us will be enriched. Here I am reminded of Mahathmaji! A great narration with a lofty theme! ! (Report) Reply

  • Wahab Abdul (10/5/2013 5:24:00 AM)

    this poem of yours is different from rest of your poems...in narration, in styles and tones...plot quite good...use of language is modern too....movement of thoughts quite praise worthy...it's a great successful poetry! Kudos to you..love it 10 (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (10/5/2013 4:44:00 AM)

    A great write sir. Lord Shiva consumed poison, so he is Mahadev. in one of my poem THE PAINS OF A POET i have written the matter.so far about the title concern n first two stanza, it gives an universal message to lead the life being free from all inferior complexities. lotus blooms in mud xactly rose blooms in thorn. a good definition of martyr is composed here. loved your ink. (Report) Reply

  • Deepak Sawhney (10/5/2013 3:17:00 AM)

    A good free flowing poem with a great message. However, you may wish to focus a little on the technical aspect on the format of 4,5,7 lines in stanzas. Rhyme or free flow is your personal choice. (Report) Reply

  • Pradip Chattopadhyay (10/5/2013 1:58:00 AM)

    colour, caste, religion matter not
    flag of pride and ownership do.

    finest way to sum up a profound truth, mostly ignored!
    a great poem indeed. (Report) Reply

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