(Tanka of an enlightened leaf)

Some form muddy pools
yet some others run down drains
blessed to make few pearls
those that run off lose their self
the resilient shine forth

Water sustains life
relentless my thirsty roots
what worth then these pearls
an ephemeral mirage
not ego let deeds make me

[The tiny, newly unfurled leaf of my Colocasia plant juggles with its first rain drops in a solemn moment of self-realisation.]

– Narendra Nayak © 2021

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