A fine poem from ‘Kavikarna Rasayanamu’

kaakeami tannu diTTen?
koekila tanakeami dhanamu koekommanenea?
loekamu pagayagu parusani
vaakuna juTTamagu madhura vaakyamu valanan!

కాకేమి తన్ను దిట్టెన్?
కోకిల తనకేమి ధనము కోకొమ్మనెనే?
లోకము పగయగు పరుసని
వాకున జుట్టమగు మధుర వాక్యము వలనన్!

Has the crow cursed you in anyway? has
The cuckoo presented riches any to you?
World makes an enemy out of you from your
Harsh talk, pleasant talk makes you dear!

A simple poem; but at the same time a very good poem. It tells one to be good mannered always and to behave properly in society, with out unnecessarily losing temper and use bad language with others which in turn makes one appear uncultured and rude.

I liked this poem from the very first reading itself.  It has the one desired quality to be called as a very nice poem and that quality is the brevity of words and the way  they were used to make the point clear and the virtue clearly understood by the reader.

This poem was written by Sankusala Nrsimhakavi, who is believed to have lived during the period of the famous Vijayanagar King Sri Kishnadevarayalu. His famous work in Telugu lanuage is ‘Kavikarna rasayanamu’. The above poem appears in that work.  There is a popular story relating to this work and as per that story, the work ‘Kavikarna rasayanamu’ was initially intended by him to be dedicated to Sri Krishnadevaraya, but how ever hard he tries to gain access to the royal court of that King, he could not gain access. Frustrated he finally dedicates the work to  the God Sri ranganatha!

In the above poem, the moral that was intended to be highlighted by the poet was very effectively done taking the examples of the difference of levels of liking people instantaneously show at a common Crow and the Cuckoo.  Though the common Crow never does any harm to anyone in its lifetime,  it is by nature not that much liked as the Cuckoo,  even though it does not do any special favour to any one and it is in fact  the sweetness in its song that makes it liked by everyone. This happens so naturally due  the difference in the voice of these two birds and this natural phenomenon has been aptly expressed in a metered poem by the poet of 16th Century AD Sankusala Nrsimhakavi.

One thought on “A fine poem from ‘Kavikarna Rasayanamu’

  1. I have seen this poem on the day of its posting. It explains the reasonlessness of our good and/or bad impressions on some people also. By looking at some faces we feel pleased for no reason. Similarly on seeing a face we feel irritated. The beholder of that particular face is in fact helpless and he/she is not responsible for the ‘manufacturing defect’. The poem indicates just the way of the world on such daily experiences….DVNM.

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