A Frog in the Well

a poem by Rajaram Ramachandran, India - poetry writer, author, poet

“Welcome to this well,
My dear friend, please tell
How big is your sea-well?”
Asked a frog in the well.

“The sea, you fool,
Isn't a circular well
Please go and see?”
Said the frog of the sea.

“No, if there’s no wall
As tall as this well,
The sea water will
I'm sure, seep out as well.”

“You’ll go to Hell,
To me if you again tell
That the sea has no wall,”
Shouted the frog in the well.

Aren’t there village folks
Still in their walks
Of life full of darkness
On the scientific progress?

Ask some of them why
An eclipse on the sky
Of Solar or Lunar?
This’ll be their answer.

“With its mouth wide open,
A serpent swallows the sun
Or the moon, causing an eclipse,”
An unbelievable nonsense.

“The end of the world is near.
Let us start our prayer
On the top of a mountain
As the catastrophe is certain.”

Some run up and down,
So saying to every one,
Who aren't so keen
To this danger unseen

True, when will the knowledge
Of science reach every village?
Then will any fool dwell
Like a frog in the well?


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