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There is so much to me, and yet i have such a longlong way to go. I am still discovering myself...everyday i will tell u something more about me

Sunday, May 14, 2006

the beggar girl

i got down from the rick
and a little beggar girl, about four years old, rushed to me
she had coarse brown hair, an unclean face
she wore a dirty frock and she kept touching me
begging for money

i handed over ruppees and five coins
to the rick-driver, but the coins slipped from his hand
and rolled down the road

i thought now this little beggar girl will probably
pick them up and run
and i'll never be able to find her in the crowded stations

but to my amazement, she collected the coins patiently
and walked up to us and stood there with them in her open palm
with a smile on her face, handing them over to us

for a little girl, who hasn't eaten since morning,
and who probably can relax for the rest of the day with this earnings
she displayed so much character
there was such a dignity and grace in her

and at work, when we got our increment letters last friday,
we were all complaining because we always want more, More and MORE
and here, she stood with a proud elegance handing over the money, that was not hers,
with no greed and no resentment that she could have had that
or that life is being so unfair with her

what a beautiful girl she is, my little beggar girl
i happily handed over a coin to her, for this time she has more than earned it
and she ran merrily skipping by the road, not asking for more, just content with what she got!

9 Comments:

Blogger Dave said...

Our teachers come in many sizes and of any age. This girl has the wisdom and the gratitude that comes with the innocence of youth and the knowing of love.
Thank you for a truly lovely story.
Namaste

8:32 PM, May 14, 2006  
Blogger Pierre Turlur said...

Thank you Anu. And if I may say in my Kuma san style, you are nothing but this little girl. What you see is all you are...behind the veil of unsatisfaction, a boundless generosity opens her hands to people and things.

Love

9:36 PM, May 14, 2006  
Blogger MockTurtle said...

Nice one Anu.
It's nice to not allow one's circumstances to mold one's personality.

6:09 AM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger Matt Kohai said...

It's a very beautiful story of a person showing grace and integrity under difficult circumstances. An example to us all.

11:53 AM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger ozymandiaz said...

While brutes smash the world with their fists
Small hands present the truth
Beautiful, Anu
Thank you

5:30 PM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger Johnny Newt said...

A very sweet story Anu, Thanks for sharing it with us. Such little lessons teach us all boundless hope, and Bless you Anu for a heart ,that in a moment such as this , mindfull of all it's power.
Well said Pierre and Ozymandiaz..well said.

1:40 AM, May 16, 2006  
Blogger anu said...

Dave - You're so right...our teachers come in different shapes and sizes. Thank you :-)

Pierre - It just took me just 2 days to be exactly in the shoes of that little beggar girl (as you know by now, through the next poem).

Mock turtle - Yes you're so right.

Kohai - Yup i agree. How are you Kohai?

Ozy - what a sweet lovely poem your little comments are.

Johnny - Thank you Johnny, you're blessings are really treasured by me. :-)

10:36 PM, May 17, 2006  
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