CHARITY

 

TRANSLATED FROM TAMIL BY R. SUNDARESAN

 

How long is the elephant’s trunk!

how long could the elephant stretch its trunk

to offer charity to whosoever is in need!

 

its trunk is long!

but does its mind reach anyone

who desperately wants

to cling to a helping hand?

 

The cat sits eyes closed

in a trance!

but does it meditate?

penance it knows not

nor pity.

 

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