Somanathan Iyer


True Value


A diamond loses never its value
even if found in slush and sewage
slush and sewage will never be valued
by virtue of its hosting the diamond
A virtuous man will never lose his identity
even if found in the company of wicked
seldom a wicked will be respected
by virtue of his walking along with virtuous

Submitted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (9/11/2013 9:19:00 PM)

    True value is always there. But I found instances where a virtuous man is accused sometimes when in bad company. Elders advise don't be in bad company. We don't know how these onlookers' attitude is. Beautiful ideas are in your poem. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Aman Arora (9/10/2013 1:22:00 PM)

    Interesting piece.
    I suggest to edit the first sentence. It should be, A diamond never loses its value. (Report) Reply

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