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FAT BOY



When the chalk fell and broke into pieces, on the floor,
Fat boy Jim, in uncontrollable mirth, started to roar.
Teacher James, not finding this very funny,
Ordered Jim, “Now you will pick it up,sonny!”

When Jim bent down to obey,as much as he could bear,
There was a whir.r.r.r, the unmistakable sound of a tear;
Though poor Jim’s pants had given up at his rear,
He nevertheless picked up the pieces without a care.

When the class burst out in spontaneous merriment,
James knew not how to overcome this predicament;
But the brave Jim, though part of him was bare,
Roared, “Come on- laugh at me, if you dare!"
  



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RIGHT WRONG

Seeing her eyes glow in excitement,
Obviously though she has it all wrong,
I rush to grab the correction opportunity,

Till I have another look at the gleam in her eyes.

Hell, I think, let me be wrong a hundred times over,
If only to preserve that glorious joy,

Rather than prove her wrong
And watch her enthusiasm wither.

THULABARAM

There is, in the Lord's Abode in Guruvayoor,
A common balance for weighment of offerings.

It's called Thulabaram.

Only, it is anything but common.

A priest there is entrusted the task
Of weighing the offerings you committed
To Lord Krishna.

It may be a few kilos of some vegetable
Or fruit, grains or sugar or what you will.


But it got to be necessarily what you committed!

For,

Have seen with my own eyes
The priest struggling to weigh
A couple of kilos or maybe three
Of a certain vegetable, think it was yam.

But it simply wouldn't balance, though he
Kept on heaping the yam on it!

Then, on the priest's asking,
The devotee said he had thought
Of a different vegetable, maybe raw banana,

But had settled for yam since he couldn't
Get the banana.

The priest quickly removed the yam
Asked the devotee to be back
With the vegetable committed!

Only then, the priest said with conviction,

The weighment would happen.