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.”

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Asha Seth