The sage and the seeker

Once upon a time, in a remote corner,

Cut off from the madding crowd,

Lived a sage, who, after years of penance,

Abstinence, perseverance and forbearance

Reached enlightenment and in all humility,

Shared knowledge divine with the thirsty.

At the other end of the world, lived a man,

In times turbulent drinking

The bitter-sweet juice of life,

Disillusioned with the world,

Spent time championing humanitarian ideals,

Freedom of thought and expression.

He looked at his unharnessed stallion,

Rubbed the mole on his cheek

And started his pilgrimage

Looking for a sage who could unfold

The riddles of existence

With uncompromising clear-sightedness.

He crossed the hills listening

To the braying of the donkeys,

Crossed the rivers munching the bread of exile,

Climbed the reefs where the young eagles

Were learning to unfold their wings.

He traversed the deserts where the camels,

Sure-footed, whispered to him that his journey

Was just a beginning, not an end.

He had heard of a sage, a true one,

Not like the million fake ones

Who are themselves miserable, ignorant

And blind, making people believe

That they are enlightened.

Feet sore, hands weak, throat dry,

Heart shivering and soul thirsty,

He reaches the sage’s cottage

After having swam across the river.

Breathless like a fish out of water,

He crosses the cottage’s threshold

And sees the sage, seated like Shiva,

Serene like Buddha, sure of himself like Christ,

Loving and compassionate like Krishna.

The sage looks at him for a long time

And the seeker looks at the sage beseechingly.

The sage finally says,

‘Child, take this pen and paper

And in words not more than ten,

Write who you are.

pramila khadun

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About pramilakhadun

I am the holder of a Bsc degree in Food and Nutrition from S.N.D.T University,Pune,India.Have taught this subject in a private institution for almost thirty-five years.Currently, I am retired and travel alot with my husband Raj, daughters Dr Rajnee and Priyum and son Airline Captain.Had my first book of poetry published by Minerva press, London and other two in Mauritius.More coming soon.I love poetry and enjoy reading poems of poets across the world and I feel Destiny Poets is the right place for me.

4 thoughts on “The sage and the seeker

    1. pramilakhadun Post author

      Thanks dear Amita for this interesting comment.Up to you to decide my dear Amita.


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