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Avarice, The Human Greed

(Based on a small excerpt from Khalid Hosseni’s “The Kite Runner)





I used to be a very happy man,
Leading a life, the best I can.
Blessed with a smart and beautiful wife;
What more can I ask, than a perfect life.

We didn’t have all the riches on earth,
But content that we had more than our worth.
People used to say that they envy me,
For I used to be cheerful and always in glee.

But to change, the things were bound;
And it’s then, “THE MAGIC CUP” I found.
“I am a mysterious oyster” it said,
“Will produce a pearl, if a tear is fed”.

I never knew to be sad and sorrow,
Was wondering “A tear? Where do I borrow?”
I then started looking for the gloom,
Unaware that it was to be my doom.

I looked around if someone would care, 
A few tears, if they can spare
So that the cup’s veracity I could test,
To know how I can use it Best.

All my attempts were but in vain;  
I looked around and found no pain. 
To resist; too good a temptation the cup was,
I was ready to do anything decadent to crass.

I was ready to go on a killing spree,
Did not realize that my greed had better of me.
The closest to me was my beloved wife,
And I didn’t think twice before taking her life.

Now I have the cup and all the tears,
All the sorrows and all the fears.
With the cup in a hand and seated on mount of pearls,
I weep on her dead body, which in my other arm curls.


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Comments

praveen said…
Good pick Muddasir:).
I liked many more in the same book..........http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/569.Khaled_Hosseini..
Thanks Praveen,
yes it is a wonderful book.
I think I will write a review for it shortly :)
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dattaabhishek said…
A good read... and very rhythmic.. Well written
Thanks Abhishek,
You yourself have a great writing style. There is no follow widget, I want to follow your blog
alltheway said…
its really touching,,,,,
The book is well written......
@allthe way,

I totally agree with you. The book is well written but the movie is pathetic
nice one, bloke! 'specially "I never knew to be sad and sorrow...."

keep 'em coming!
Thanks Buddy!
And welcome back to blogging world.
You have been out for long, everything OK? ;)
pavan said…
Very well written poem . It reminds me of 'A Poison Tree' by Blake.
@pavan,
A Poison Tree, is a very good poem.
I am glad that you liked Avarice.
shettennavar said…
I was ready to go on a killing spree,
Did not realize that my greed had better of me.

Beautiful lines. The poem can be sung to a tune.

Also thanks a million for visiting my blog.
@Shettennavar,
Thank you for your kind words.
I liked your blog a lot :)
Nalini Hebbar said…
You have brought out the idea is an excellent way...greed is the biggest evil!
You write very well...:)
Nalini,
Thank you so much :)
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Anonymous said…
Excellent posting. Becoming a fresh new blogger I will be figuring out a lot through these kinds of articles carry on the nice job.
Good poem.. and the pearl comparison is innovative.. :) and ur blog is awesome! :)

Keep blogging :)
@Madhumati,
THanks for your encouraging words.
sajeevkmenon said…
Liked this poem.. greed is the root of anger and delusion and leads to the downfall of man:)
@sajeev,
Thanks for stopping by.

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