The Witty Worm

I told the sun –
“Shine so bright,
that your gaze melts down my worries.”
Just then,
the birds bickered and said –
“With your worries, you’ll end us all.”
The sun said –
“Go to the wind, it might blow them away for you.”

I told the wind –
“Get so wild
that your rage blows away my worries.”
Just then,
the trees trembled and said –
“With your worries, you’ll end us all.”
The wind said –
“Go to the rain, it might wash them away for you.”

I told the rain –
“Pour so hard
that your fury washes away my worries.”
Just then,
the rats squeaked and said –
“With your worries, you’ll end us all.”
The rain said –
“Go to the sea, it it might drown them for you.”

I told the sea –
“Get your tides so high that they drown my worries.”
Just then,
the turtles grunted and said –
“With your worries, you’ll end us all.”
The sea said –
“Go the mountain, it might crush them for you.”

I told the mountain –
“Raise your mighty foot and crush away my worries.”
Just then,
the rabbits squealed and said –
“With your worries, you’ll end us all.”
The mountain said –
“Go home, human.
Your task is a tricky one.”

Frustrated that none would help
I stamped my foot and heard a worm yell.
The poor dying worm said –
“You kill my tribe without thinking twice
But do you hear us complain or cry?
God has well-blessed your kind
Why then are you never satisfied?”

Gloom took over me
and I started to retreat.
When the worm, half-dead,
to me, declared.

“Now listen to me,
and carefully you listen.
Dig a hole in the ground
and bury your worries
That way you’ll kill none,
and all will live happily.”

~~~~~

Asha Seth

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  1. ‘Dig a hole in the ground
    and bury your worries
    That way you’ll kill none’
    Beautiful and powerful lines that provoke the sense into making sense. It serves as metaphor and analogy, Asha.

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