12th July – Birth Day of Julius Caesar

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Gaius Julius Caesar[c] (/ˈszər/ SEE-zərLatin: [ˈɡaːɪ.ʊ

This week’s Sunday Story is of different type dealing with one of the former International famous kings, author and writer about whom any  one studying in the college or studied  in a college even decades and decades ago would have come to know about! We shall recollect in this post about that giant!

Gaius Julius Caesar was a leader of ancient Rome who significantly transformed what became known as the Roman Empire by greatly expanding its geographic reach and establishing its imperial system.Allegedly a descendant of Trojan prince Aeneas, Caesar’s birth marked the beginning of a new chapter in Roman history. By age 31, Caesar had fought in several wars and become involved in Roman politics.

After several alliances and military victories, he became dictator of the Roman Empire, a rule that lasted for just one year before his death.

Julius Caesar Fact Card

Caesar was assassinated by political rivals on the Ides of March (March 15th), 44 B.C. It’s not clear whether Caesar knew of the plot to kill him: By all accounts, he planned to leave Rome on March 18 for a military campaign in what is now modern-day Iraq, where he hoped to avenge the losses suffered by his former political ally Crassus.

Who Killed Julius Caesar?

Gaius Cassius Longinus and Marcus Junius Brutus, former rivals of Caesar who’d joined the Roman Senate, led Caesar’s assassination. Cassius and Brutus dubbed themselves “the liberators.”

Brutus’ involvement in the killing packed the most complicated backstory. During Rome’s earlier civil war, he had originally sided with Caesar’s opponent, Pompey.

sesman who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.

Caesar began a program of social and governmental reforms, including the creation of the Julian calendar. He gave citizenship to many residents of far regions of the Roman Republic. He initiated land reform and support for veterans. He centralized the bureaucracy of the Republic and was eventually proclaimed “dictator for life”  His populist and authoritarian reforms angered the elites, who began to conspire against him. On the Ides of March (15 March), 44 BC, Caesar was assassinated by a group of rebellious senators led by Brutus and Cassius, who stabbed him to death.

Caesar was an accomplished author and historian as well as a statesman; much of his life is known from his own accounts of his military campaigns. . Caesar is  one of the greatest military commanders in history.

]Consulship and military campaigns

When Caesar was first elected, the aristocracy tried to limit his future power by allotting the woods and pastures of Italy, rather than the governorship of a province, as his military command duty after his year in office was over. With the help of political allies, Caesar secured passage of the lex Vatinia, granting him governorship over Cisalpine Gaul (northern Italy) and Illyricum (southeastern Europe); At the instigation of Pompey and his father-in-law Piso, Transalpine Gaul (southern France) was added later after the untimely death of its governor, giving him command of four legions.[53] The term of his governorship, and thus his immunity from prosecution, was set at five years, rather than the usual one When his consulship ended, Caesar narrowly avoided prosecution for the irregularities of his year in office, and quickly left for his province.

The extent of the Roman Republic in 40 BC after Caesar’s conquests

Caesar was still deeply in debt, but there was money to be made as a governor, whether by extortion or by military adventurism. Caesar had four legions under his command, two of his provinces bordered on unconquered territory, and parts of Gaul were known to be unstable. Some of Rome’s Gallic allies had been defeated by their rivals at the Battle of Magetobriga, with the help of a contingent of Germanic tribes. The Romans feared these tribes were preparing to migrate south, closer to Italy, and that they had warlike intent. Caesar raised two new legions and defeated these tribes.[

In response to Caesar’s earlier activities, the tribes in the north-east began

Vercingetorix threw down his arms at the feet of Julius Caesar.

While Caesar was in Britain his daughter Julia, Pompey’s wife, had died in childbirth. Caesar tried to re-secure Pompey’s support by offering him his great-niece in marriage, but Pompey declined. In 53 BC Crassus was killed leading a failed invasion of the east. Rome was on the brink of civil war. Pompey was appointed sole consul as an emergency measure, and married the daughter of a political opponent of Caesar. The Triumvirate was dead.

Though the Gallic tribes were just as strong as the Romans militarily, the internal division among the Gauls guaranteed an easy victory for Caesar. Vercingetorix’s attempt in 52 BC to unite them against Roman invasion came too late. he proved an astute commander, defeating Caesar at the Battle of Gergovia, but Caesar’s elaborate siege-works at the Battle of Alesia finally forced his surrender. Despite scattered outbreaks of warfare the following year, Gaul was effectively conquered. Plutarch claimed that during the Gallic Wars the army had fought against three million men (of whom one million died, and another llion were enslaved), subjugated 300 tribes, and destroyed 800 cities.[70]

A Roman bust of Pompey the Great made during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD), a copy of an original bust from 70–60 BC, Venice National Archaeological Museum, Italy

In 50 BC, the Senate (led by Pompey) ordered Caesar to disband his army and return to Rome because his term as governor had finished. Caesar thought he would be prosecuted if he entered Rome without the immunity enjoyed by a magistrate. Pompey accused Caesar of insubordination and treason. On 10 January 49 BC, Caesar crossed the Rubicon river (the frontier boundary of Italy) with only a single legion, the Legio XIII Gemina, and ignited civil war. Upon crossing the Rubicon, Caesar, according to Plutarch and Suetonius, is supposed to have quoted the Athenian playwright Menander, in Greek, “the die is cast” Erasmus, however, notes that the more accurate Latin translation of the Greek imperative mood would be “alea iacta esto“, let the die be cast. Pompey and many of the Senate fled to the south, having little confidence in Pompey’s newly raised troops. Pompey, despite greatly outnumbering Caesar, who only had his Thirteenth Legion with him, did not intend to fight. Caesar pursued Pompey, hoping to capture Pompey before his legions could escape.[

for Spain, Caesar left Italy under the control of Mark Antony. After an astonishing 27-day route-march, Caesar defeated Pompey’s lieutenants, then returned east, to challenge Pompey in Illyria, where, on 10 July 48 BC in the battle of Dyrrhachium, Caesar barely avoided a catastrophic defeat. In an Pompey managed to escape before Caesar could capture him. Heading exceedingly short engagement later that year, he decisively defeated Pompey at Pharsalus, in Greece on 9 August 48 BC.[75]

In Rome, Caesar was appointed dictator with Mark Antony as his Master of the Horse (second in command); Caesar presided over his own election to a second consulship and then, after 11 days, resigned this dictatorship Caesar then pursued Pompey to Egypt, arriving soon after the murder of the general. There, Caesar was presented with Pompey’s severed head and seal-ring, receiving these with tears. He then had Pompey’s assassins put to death.

Caesar then became involved with an Egyptian civil war between the child pharaoh and his sister, wife, and co-regent queen, Cleopatra. Perhaps as a result of the pharaoh’s role in Pompey’s murder, Caesar sided with Cleopatra. He withstood the Siege of Alexandria and later he defeated the pharaoh’s forces at the Battle of the Nile in 47 BC and installed Cleopatra as ruler. Caesar and Cleopatra celebrated their victory with a triumphal procession on the Nile in the spring of 47 BC. The royal barge was accompanied by 400 additional ships, and Caesar was introduced to the luxurious lifestyle of the Egyptian pharaohs.

Late in 48 BC, Caesar was again appointed dictator, with a term of one year. 

After this victory, he was appointed dictator for 10 years.Pompey’s sons escaped to Spain; Caesar gave chase and defeated the last remnants of opposition in the Battle of Munda in March 45 BC. During this time, Caesar was elected to his third and fourth terms as consul in 46 BC and 45 BC (this last time without a colleague).

Dictatorship and assassination

While he was still campaigning in Spain, the Senate began bestowing honours on Caesar. Caesar had not proscribed his enemies, instead pardoning almost all, and there was no serious public opposition to him. Great games and celebrations were held in April to honour Caesar’s victory at Munda. Plutarch writes that many Romans found the triumph held following Caesar’s victory to be in poor taste, as those defeated in the civil war had not been foreigners, but instead fellow Romans. On Caesar’s return to Italy in September 45 BC, he filed his will, naming his grandnephew Gaius Octavius (Octavian, later known as Augustus Caesar) as his principal heir, leaving his vast estate and property including his name. Caesar also wrote that if Octavian died before Caesar did, Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus would be the next heir in succession; In his will, he also left a substantial gift to the citizens of Rome.

Between his crossing of the Rubicon in 49 BC, and his assassination in 44 BC, Caesar established a new constitution, which was intended to accomplish three separate goals.[92] First, he wanted to suppress all armed resistance out in the provinces, and thus bring order back to the Republic. Second, he wanted to create a strong central government in Rome. Finally, he wanted to knit together all of the provinces into a single cohesive unit.

The first goal was accomplished when Caesar defeated Pompey and his supporters.[92] To accomplish the other two goals, he needed to ensure that his control over the government was undisputed, so he assumed these powers by increasing his own authority, and by decreasing the authority of Rome’s other political institutions. Finally, he enacted a series of reforms that were meant to address several long-neglected issues, the most important of which was his reform of the calendar.[94]

Dictatorship

Green Caesar, posthumous portrait of the 1st century AD, Altes Museum, Berlin

Statue of Julius Caesar, Via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome

After the triumph, Caesar set out to pass an ambitious legislative agenda. He ordered a census be taken, which forced a reduction in the grain dole, and decreed that jurors could only come from the Senate or the equestrian ranks. He passed a sumptuous law that restricted the purchase of certain luxuries. After this, he passed a law that rewarded families for having many children, to speed up the re-population of Italy. Then, he outlawed professional guilds, except those of ancient foundation, since many of these were subversive political clubs. He then passed a term-limit law applicable to governors. He passed a debt-restructuring law, which ultimately eliminated about a fourth of all debts owed.

The most important change, however, was his reform of the calendar. The Roman calendar at the time was regulated by the movement of the moon. By replacing it with the Egyptian calendar, based on the sun, Roman farmers were able to use it as the basis of consistent seasonal planting from year to year. He set the length of the year to 365.25 days by adding an intercalary/leap day at the end of February every fourth year.

To bring the calendar into alignment with the seasons, he decreed that three extra months be inserted into 46 BC (the ordinary intercalary month at the end of February, and two extra months after November). Thus, the Julian calendar opened on 1 January 45 BC This calendar is almost identical to the current Western calendar.

Shortly before his assassination, he passed a few more reforms.[96] He established a police force, appointed officials to carry out his land reforms, and ordered the rebuilding of Carthage and Corinth. He also extended Latin rights throughout the Roman world, and then abolished the tax system and reverted to the earlier version that allowed cities to collect tribute however they wanted, rather than needing Roman intermediaries. His assassination prevented further and larger schemes, which included the construction of an unprecedented temple to Mars, a huge theater, and a library on the scale of the Library of Alexandria

AFTERMATH of the assassination

The result unforeseen by the assassins was that Caesar’s death precipitated the end of the Roman Republic.[

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WORLD DAY OF POPULATION-July 11th

World Population Day 2020 Quotes & Slogans: Here Are Some of The Best Sayings on Overpopulation

My Lord Almighty! Thee know the art and science of creation
Sure none can discern the great aim and purpose of Thy action!
What should be rightly treated as human ‘resource’ and ‘asset’
Alas! Today we treat as a burden and a problem great!

True of course population exploding beyond a limit
Breeds myriad issues, difficult to manage by the timid!
Shelter, health, food, education, employment issues many
Where to go for money and materials-no company!

To create awareness of all issues- purpose of this day
Problem is of the world all over – we have to find a way
Men –young and old, women-young and old to be made aware of
To be effective and aim served-Day to be taken care of!

Theme now centered around the health and rights of women and girls.
During the pandemic, with unemployment on the rise, women’s health and
Well-being are on the line, not just from the corona virus but
Also from the increase in gender-based violence.

The United Nations Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs along
World saw five billions on eleventh July eighty seven
United Nations observe since then- all these years followed
Spread the message and help world come out gloriously mellowed!

World Population Day 2019 : Date, Theme, Essay, Poster and Celebration

ENVIUS THOUGHTS crosses   2,53,000 views.

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ITHAKA Poem 8

POEM 8

THE BLACK HERALDS

A protest for the killing of George Floyd
There are blows in life, so hard . . . I don’t know!
Blows like the hate of God; as if before them, the undertow of
Everything suffered is embedded in the soul . . .I don’t know!
They are few; but they exist . . . They open dark furrows in the fiercest
face and on the strongest back. Perhaps they are the foals of barbaric
Attilas; or the black heralds sent to us by Death.

They are the deep falls of the Christs of the soul, of some adorable faith,
Blasphemed by Destiny. Those bloody blows are the crackling of
Some bread that burns at the oven door.
And the man . . . the poor, the poor man! He turns his eyes, as when a
Slap on the shoulder summons us; he turns his crazed eyes, and
All that he has lived wells up, like a pool of guilt in his gaze.
There are blows in life, so hard . . . I don’t know!

CESAR VALLEJO, Peru (1892–1938)

Translation Germain Droogenbroodt – Stanley Barkan

In Tamil

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கருப்புத் தூதர்!

ஜார்ஜ் ஃப்ளாய்டைக் கொன்றதற்கு ஓர் எதிர்ப்பு
வாழ்வில் எத்தனையோ கடுமையான அடிகள்
எனக்குத் தெரியவில்லை.
அவர்முன் இருக்கும்
இறைவனின் வெறுப்பைப் போன்ற
அனுபவிக்கும் இன்னல்கள் எல்லாம் ஆன்மாவின் அடியில் புதைந்திருப்பதை இழுத்துச் செல்லும்…..
எனக்குத் தெரியவில்லை
அவைகள் சிலவே- இருப்பினும் இருக்கின்றன!
பயங்கரமான முகத்திலும்
வலிமையான முதுகிலும்
தடங்களைப் பதிக்கின்றன.

காட்டுமிராண்டித்தனமான அட்டிலஸ்ஸின்
வாரிசுகள். அல்லது இறப்பு நமக்கு அனுப்பிய கருப்புத் தூதர்கள்!!
அவைகள் ஆன்மாவில் இருக்கும் கிறிஸ்துவின் ஆழமான தடங்கள்
போற்றத்தக்க நம்பிக்கையின் தடங்கள்
விதிவசத்தால் தெய்வ நிந்தனையானது.

அந்த மோசமான அடிகள்
சூட்டடுப்பில் எரியும் சில ரொட்டித்துண்டுகள் வெடிப்பது போன்றது.
மனிதன் பாவம், பாவப்பட்டவன்.
தோளில் அடி விழும்பொழுது
கண்களைத்திருப்பிக் கொள்கிறான்
வெறி மிகுந்த கண்களை கொள்கிறான்!
இதுவரை வாழ்ந்தது ஊற்றெடுக்கின்றன
பார்வையில் குற்றக் குளம்
வாழ்வில் கடினமான அடிகள்
எனக்குத் தெரியவில்லை!

 

1892-1938 காலத்திய பெரு நாட்டுக் கவிஞன் செஸார் வலேஜோ இயற்றியது.

CESAR VALLEJO, Peru (1892–1938)

மொழிமாற்றம் ஜெர்மன்ப்ரூடி-ஸ்டேன்லி பார்கன்.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL SUGAR COOKIE DAY-US-July 9th

National Sugar Cookie Day

Lord Almighty, creator of the Universe, has given people unique
Having their own culture and habits, likes and dislikes,  innovations!

Here is today the ninth July -National Sugar Cookie Day in America
Encourages enjoying Sugar Cookies.  made from Sugar, Flour,
Eggs, Baking Soda, and Butter. they can  be formed by hand or cut into
Different shapes. Sugar cookies are popular during Halloween,Christmas,
And Hanukkah.originally named the Nazareth cookies
By German Protestants who settled in Nazareth, Pennsylvania!
We shall enjoy sugar cookie in the States!
My Vision Scientist son’s family has been inviting!
Sure they must be enjoying!
Let us wish them a happy SUGAR COOKIE DAY!

Family Day in UKRAINE-July 8th.

 

Parent´s Day

(Ukraine is a large country in Eastern Europe known for its Orthodox churches, Black Sea coastline and forested mountains. Its capital, Kiev, features the gold-domed St. Sophia’s Cathedral, with 11th-century mosaics and frescoes. Overlooking the Dnieper River is the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery complex, a Christian pilgrimage site housing Scythian tomb relics and catacombs containing mummified Orthodox monks.)

Today the Eighth July, Ukraine celebrates Family Day with joy.
Happy outdoor festivals and joyful picnics in many towns and cities
Various activities to promote Family Day themes held.
We in India had it on Fifteenth may in a manner grand!

In Two thousand Eleven, Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych
Decided and designed the Celebration of Some Memorable Dates and
Including Family Day, on the July Eighth each year. Family Day
A positive step in strengthening families in Ukraine.  links with the UN’s
International Day of Families,  celebrated in many places worldwide
Needed to improve family ties, peace and harmony amongst all members!

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Social distancing in crowded beaches and seas.

TALE OF THE BLOGGER 41

 

PRESS AND ENVIUS THOUGHTS! – Envius Thoughts

TWO THOUSAND and FIFTIETH  POST!

2050th Post

Yes, today it is 2050th post-and hence the TALE OF A BLOGGER Part 41!

Today is not a Sunday but  it is  2050th post. It is Tuesday 7th July.  Any how I am the monarch of all I survey as for as the Blog ENVIUS THOUGHTS is concerned! I am the writer, Editor, a viewer –thank God I am not the only viewer- more than 2 lakhs and 50000 viewers are there! PLEASE LOOK FOR THIS SUNDAY STORY also  on 12th July.

Tale 40 appeared on 27th May 2020 – a land mark number!

1987 days are over since the Blog was launched on 25th February 2015  and today is 1989th day and the post is 2050th without any break. God has been kind enough to bless with physical, mental and intellectual strength to continue this passion sans any break. This Tale has become a TUESDAY STORY instead of  SUNDAY STORY!

The blog’s esteemed viewers appear to be reasonably satisfied with the contents and presentation as is seen from the following increasing number of views gradually but steadily:

07/07/2020  1989th Day 2050th post

03/07/2020  1985th day 2045th post  2,52,000 views.

26/06/2020 1978th day 2035th post   2,51,000 views.

18/06/2020  1970th day  2026th post  2,50,000 views

11/06/2020  1963rd day  2019th post  2,49,000 views

04/06/2020 1956th day   2015th post  2,48.000 views

27/05/2020  1948th day  2000th post 2,47,000 views

Well, during the period covered by the last fifty posts, flood of water has flown under Ganges!

The whole world continues to be flooded with CORONA VIRUS and it is several days we see the people walking or biking on the roads! It is estimated by the scientists that the total weight of the CORONA VIRUS in the ENTIRE WORLD is JUST ONE GRAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On the personal literary front very happy developments have taken place which I would like to share with you all.

One Chinese literary magazine named “RENDITION OF INTERNATIONAL POETRY ” has translated my English poetry  into Chinese language and published the same along with  the original in English and an elevating bio data about the poet! They also intend translating my poems in English  to Chinese and go on publishing in their quarterly journal regularly!

One great Dutch poet by name Germain Droogenbroodt   who is interested in translating his poetry in all possible world languages.  I have already translated six of his poems to Tamil through English versions and they have a great reception.

Our Rajapalayam Rajus’ College and Tamil Development and Research  Center , Sydney, Australia are conducting a seminar on TAMIL LIVES AND LIVING in Australia  on line for five sessions  and I participated and made my own little contribution. In recognition, the college has issued an attractive Certificate as below.

With this this TALE 41 is over and we shall meet tomorrow morning as usual and till then GOOD BYE!

POETIC JOURNEY WITH ITHACA-SPAIN II.

One more communication leading to Part II

Although written many years ago, the enclosed poem seems for me to be a warning for the recent happenings.

Of course we should criticize racism, especially as it used to happen in the US where, when a white policeman killed a black man was not even put in prison. Floyd was killed. The policeman who killed him should be imprisoned. But (the media does not mention that), Floyd was a thief. Making him a hero is neither the right thing. Every day thousands of innocent people are being killed, in Syria, in Iraq, in Yemen, including in Africa by Africans. Because of misleading by their presidents, American, Brazilians, British, Russian etc. citizens die because of the corona virus.
But nobody protests. The masses are being manipulated much more than ever before.

The present poem warns about protests, about the manipulations. It is an objective warning for what is happening around the world since the last decade.
The translation of some of the sentences is rather complicated, so in order to help you to make a correct translation in your language, which is different from the French or the English, I give a few clarifications based on the original:

Especially at the moment, I think it is a very nice poem, although It is a bit complicated, so I think you can translate it a bit more free, so that YOUR readers understand the warning. Honestly speaking, I am also quite happy with the illustration I found for the poem
Best regards
Germain

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BEARERS OF SCARS

The dead with broken faces rise up
The tongue of the humiliated swells
The stormy tide of victims rises
But beware bearers of scars

Extinguish in your flesh the volcanoes of hate
Stomp the sting and spit out the venom
that would one day make you look like the executioners

Silence those bugles, those bells forcing sameness commanding vengeance
Question your guts
Get through your own masks
Be different.

ANDRÉE CHEDID, Egypt-France (1920-2011)

Translation German Droogenbroodt – Stanley Barkan

TAMIL

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தழும்புகளைச் சுமப்பவர்கள்!

உடைந்த முகங்களுடன் இறந்தவர்கள் எழுகின்றனர்
இழிவுபடுத்தப்பட்டவர்களின் நாக்குகள் பொங்கி எழுகின்றன
பாதிக்கப்பட்டவர்களின் புயல் அலைகள் எழுகின்றன
தழும்புகளைச் சுமப்பவர்களே எச்சரிக்கையாக இருங்கள்!

வெறுப்பு என்ற எரிமலைதனை உங்கள் தசைகளில் அணைத்துவிடுங்கள்
வன்மத்தை காலடியில் மிதித்துத், துப்பி விடுங்கள்!
ஒருநாள் உங்களைத் தூக்கிலிடுபவர்களெனக் காட்டும்!

அந்த காற்று இசைக்கருவியை மூடி வையுங்கள்
பழிதீர்ப்பதற்கு உதவும் மணிகளை முடக்கி வையுங்கள்
உங்களது தைரியத்தைச் சோதித்துப் பாருங்கள்!
உங்கள் முகத்திரையை மாற்றுங்கள்
மாறுபட்டவராக இருந்து பழகுங்கள்!

ஆண்ட்ரீ செடிட் (எகிப்து=ஃப்ரான்ஸ் (1920-2011)

மொழிமாற்றம்- ஜெர்மெய்ன் ட்ரூகன் ப்ருட்-ஸ்டான்லி பார்கன்.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CPC’S ONLINE MEET!

Chennai Poets’ Circle- known as CPC is indeed a great and lovely Literary Association of poets great and small(like NVS), young and old, academicians and non academicians. Besides gala Annual Meet, every month the poets meet, greet each other in person and present their poems and members discuss wherever there is a need.

Thanks to CORONA last two months Meet takes place ONLINE! Members sit at home and enjoy the proceedings  very ably handled by Smt. Hemaravi- a leading poet and the Secretary of the CPC. June Meet took place on Saturday the 27th at 15.30 hrs. and lasted  up to 16.45 hrs. In all 22 poets participated and their poems are shared here for the benefit of those who could not participate.

Dr. Kannan, President of CPC welcomed the poets and  also proposed Vote of Thanks.

CHENNAI POETS’ CIRCLE – MONTHLY MEETING OF MEMBERS ON 27th of June, 2020

GERANIUM

Honey dripping from the turned wood,
on the pinkish purple of the petal,
the weight coercing it into a soft bounce
drop falling on the wet earth.
Hair twirled around a single finger
chin tilted slightly to the side.
The eye of the storm
an ashy gray
mixed with the twilight of the darkened skies.
The warm rush of the summer breeze
as the light glistened against the pale gold of her locks,
her eyelashes casting shadows on her cheeks
dancing and chasing each other in ephemeral bliss.
Drops racing along the valleys and hills
soft splatter of paint across her face
as she looked into the depths of my soul.
A smile that played on her lips
like a whisper that she longed for me to hear
the stolen secrets and a shroud of mystery.
She spoke the language of the breeze
that kissed the blades of grass
that destroyed the dandelion’s might
that carried the thistle on a ride..

@Thryaksha A Garla

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I MUST GO…..

I must go the lands of the west

And must enjoy my life to the best
I must fly to London   and Paris
And must dine in my hotel Morris.
The towers of churches call me back
And ask me a flight to take
To smell the roses and daffodils
That bloom in seasons bright .

I must swim across the Atlantic ocean
And must do boating in Rhine and Rhone
Shall I not taste the wines of France
And get the flight of fancy in a trance
Rome and Moscow Tiber and Volga
These are my dreams and visions at night
Shall I not drink the Russian Vodka
And move my soul to a height of the delight
To watch the corn  fields in bright summer
And crush he grapes in glass trimmer
Has been my aim and I shall miss
These pleasures due to corona virus.
My soul is the soul of the west
And it takes rest only in cuckoos’ nest
The music of Salzburg and sound of Danube
These are Joys of my tourist flight.

@Dr. M. THIRUMENI

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WHOLESOME WHOLE

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever’
Words of Keats one can forget never
What is beauty – beauty is where
One can enjoy here and there, every where!
Grecian urn a beautiful piece
Niagara falls a beautiful place
Silver streaks of water brings us peace
Hills and dales sure nature’s grace!

Does beauty lie in the objects seen
Or lie in the eyes of the seer keen?

Beauty seen in the scorching Sun
Beauty felt in the biting cold
Beauty heard in the melody of birds
Beauty smelt in the fragrance of rose
Beauty tasted in the bitterness of neem
Beauty found sure in every mean(s) !

‘Beauty is truth and truth beauty
That is all what ye know on earth
And what all ye need to know’
Words of Wisdom
From votary of beauty
And a devotee of Almighty!

Creator of noble beauty
Harbinger of peace and piety
Bless me with those eyes and mind
Beauty in ugliness that they can find!

Beauty of the mind and beauty of the soul
Sure makes one the wholesome whole!

@Dr. N.V. Subbaraman

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Sunlight

Drops of brightness
That fall on us
Every now and then,
Giving life its distinction.
Quietly passing by
Every tiny being,
Revealing secrets and sorrows,
Promising a tomorrow.
Succumbing to reason
For every defeat.
Its straight lines
Give our reflection
Create our versions.
A dear friend,
Never failing to visit,
Nor forgetting
To say goodbye.

@Vishnu Priya S.L.

************************************************************************The Elephant and the Dragon

1.In encounter the Dragon and our Forces !
Forces augment ! Army reinforces !
Ģovt.in vigor endorses !
As for Dissensions, nationalìsm divorces !

2.Dragòn swallowed
Mangolia,Tibet !
Targeted Taiwan ! Our soil in threat!
Our boundary they want to reset   !
Facing the valour, the Dragon upset!

3.The world countenances us!
People there,ìn simmering upsurge!
Their trade in peril! “Corona
Spreader” allegation befalls!
Dragòn ìn risk! To extricate

Their position, they to prevaricate !

@Dr. Pon.lakshmanan

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INVISIBLE PLAY

Suspicion at peak at all
Kith or kin, no welcome call
Turning stoic like a doll
What a steep human downfall
No time for emotions now
Massive change happens somehow
Compassion gets fatal blow
Life has lost its sheen and glow
Privacy thrown to the wind
For gossip there is no end
Sensitivity is lost
Values frozen like the frost
All scared of the faceless play
Humaneness fully at bay
Unabated severe stress
All around despair, distress
Chasing humans like a ghost
Who run from pillar to post
Gloom and panic rule the roost
No medicine to give boost
Social distance only way
Self-discipline needs to stay
Empathy should hold the sway
Mutual trust should not stray
Time to follow social norms
Help others in many forms
Follow law in its spirit
Never do fail to hear it
Hope to live for a long time
Like a poem with apt rhyme.

@Dr. Kannan

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ROUNDING OFF

Saturday dawned, day of weekly chores
Cleaning when done we go to the stores
Cleaning is not fun, but shopping’s a nightmare
Especially when you pay up the fare.
Clothing comes at no cheap price
Can run into thousands in a trice
Billing’s always a trouble in store
With no change you pay up more.
Price of shoes is fifteen ninety nine
Not sixteen hundred, for a happy sign
Have you ever seen that one rupee
Returned to you in your shopping spree?
Same is the case in any store or mall
Rounding off is always higher, that’s all
Returning any change is just a big ‘no’
Be happy, move on, if you know.
The Fruitwala selling in ten and twenty
Is fine with three hundred rounded from three twenty
Who do you think has a larger heart,
Big shops or street vendor, know in your heart.

@Ramesh Narasimhan

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Nonet

Cursing the fate, pain overrides everything
The door of esteemed Death knocking
At the deft hands of surgeon
Had a comeback with legion
Of love and affection
As in true fiction
She begot babe
Long live
Both!

@M. Annamalai

Nonet is a fixed form of poetry.None line starting with nine syllables, with the number of syllables getting  reduced successively  , viz., 9,8,7 ,6,5,4,3,2,1 (rhyming is optional)

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HOME-HERO VIRTUALLY HOME BOUND

Corona making our lives home bound
Crying media only on number count
Course of WhatsApp messages dominant
Curse of pandemic globally evident
Alas! Corona turned home-hero life upside down
Admiringly turned nicely too as home-maid
Walk-the-talk with broom stick in broad day light
Talking point for home-makers in Zoom delight
Water usage surely found some austerity
While vim bars melted excess day-in-day out
Smile of kitchen vessels become sparkling bright
Homemaker rejoiced in home-hero learning curve
Home-hero did not get service extension
Home duty extends with lock down extension
Homemaker being casual on servant-maid incoming
Home-hero fears overflow on home-duty ever extension
Home-hero curious on extensions to stop
Not a tinsel town hero to do heroism too
Homemaker too needs servant maid for gossip updates
Both sat distanced to release Anti-Corona policy
With hygiene settling, Corona to unsettle
With social discipline, epidemic to fumble
With Govt. guidance, pandemic to cripple
Gets out of human race with Creator humility

@K.S. RAVICHANDRAN

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ALL BECAUSE OF YOU!

I never knew until I met
You helped me with examples at the best
Anytime anything I come to you first
Never seen like you to challenge a bet
I lost my joy with my pet
Sitting with you makes my parents give a threat
Talking to anonymous makes me sweat
You engage me always busy without any rest
Don’t know what I am doing without sleep yet
Limited love with you, my happy life comes to set,
All because of you- INTERNET!!!

@S.Nivetha

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“WHY DO I WRITE POETRY?!”

(Miles to go…

 “Katradhu KaimaN aLavu, Kalladhadhu UlagaLavu!”)

I do not know how to live, without poems
For Poetry, is the womb inside which
My mind, heart, and soul coil up
Take birth each day, a new-born
Curiously meets the universe with
Tiny marveled eyes, and a hopeful smile
I write poetry, like opening the windows of a dark room
To let the warm fingers of the sun
Gently stroke the hidden aches of the dilapidated walls
To let the frozen teardrops, thaw melt and flow like rivers
Thirsty for ocean’s love
I write poems, wrapping each one with gratitude and love
To the universe, to the Almighty, for
Allowing me to metamorphose through words
I write poetry, as a prayer, penance, and meditation
Surrendering to Nature’s divinity, and eternal abundance
I write in humility, to plant seeds of hope, and love
To gift a smile, or wipe a tear or two
To shoulder the aching souls through words, dissolving distances
To be the voice of a myriad mute hearts
Observing the world, through the several pairs of eyes
I write, to become a florist
Creating bouquets of poems, fragrant with joy, and peace
Poems are all I have, to build
A home, a nest, a swing, or a cradle through words for the world
And, I write poetry, for myself too
For, in this unpredictable life
If someday I feel stranded, desolate
I would still have my poems, waiting for me
With open arms, cry for me, and with me too
I inhale life, trying to exhale poetry
Inhale poetry, to eternalise moments inked with love
I write poetry, to shed the “I”
And
Leave heart prints behind, on the sands of time…

@Madhumathi. H

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I STOLE A SHINING STAR

Discreetly, unknown to anyone
I stole a star from the night sky
and kept it in my room for fun.
When I wrote I used it as a table willow
While taking bath used it as soap
When sleeping, as pillow…
Played football with it
inside the room on the trot.
lovingly fondled it a lot.
When hungry, ate a part of it,
Used it as teddy bear for playing like a child
Smelled it and smiled.
Sat on it while thinking and reading books…
When loneliness hung me in hooks
It turned a granny telling old tales
Never, never  used it as light
Even when the current was off
For I knew if I had done it
World will know I have stolen a star…

@Ravi Ranganathan

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ME WITHIN THE US

When THE ONE that breathed bloom into the budding rose
And put sweet into a stalk to make it sugarcane
Who put wings on the birds and honey into flowers
Breathed sentience into a bundle of elements
This me was born – through that, for that, and to that to return
After my tenure in the service of that divine will.
And yet am not quite complete with me and only me
A single dot cannot be all by itself complete.
Only with universal love, the elixir yarn
Weaving all the dots into a fabric divine
Does each dot find its place and purpose.
Each with every other and all together as one.

@Padmini Janardhanan

************************************************************************NIRVANA

Constant break through in technology,
Drove need for adaptability.
Changes did herald obsolescence,
Adrift, very soon, went common sense.
The spherical world also became flat,
Harnessing technology for growth.
A virus, unknown landed to say,
I am the Lord of all I survey,
Sending the world into a huddle,
As things became too hot to handle.
The virus soon set a scorching pace,
Sparing no one who came into its space,
Bringing the “mighty” world to its knees,
With infection rising manifold,
Mounting death, traumatic and uncalled,
And leaving those living, very scared.
Containment for a start was the key,
To make the world a bit virus free.
Social distancing once looked at with scorn,
Soon became the safe and trusted norm.
With all world over locked out in fright,
Permanent solution not in sight.
It spread fast, a disease pandemic,
With quarantining the patients, sick.
Oh! It is the dreaded Corona,
From which we seek Nirvana.

@S Sundar Rajan

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THE SECRET OF THE DARK!

Ah! Finally, dear moon, you appeared where I could see you,
Even though from behind these iron bars!
All track of days and dates, I have lost;
I know not how many long years have passed!

They came asking me for my very last wish,
I whispered your name, though I have a long list;
One last question to you, before forever I go:
Why did you have to hide, the truth that you know?
You saw it all, the secret of the dark:
I was yet a small boy, but playing in the park,
And my mother feeding me, under your brilliant light…
And suddenly it happened, that twisted my fate!
To know why they caught me, I ‘m still at a loss,
They bound and brought me here, within these high walls!
I cried! I tried, I struggled with all my weak might
But failed to loosen those heartless hand- locks.
They tell me I killed, someone, and with a knife!
Have you seen me harming a fly, all my life?
One said he saw me do it; he lied!
And my mother stood transfixed, frozen to ice!
You were the only witness, right above, in the sky,
Watching it all, and hearing her shriek and cry;
Why didn’t you defend me, why the stubborn silence?
Were you afraid, or ashamed, to proclaim to the world my innocence?
My time has now arrived; for another’s crime,
My childhood got crushed in these cursed confines!
My neck will kiss the noose, tomorrow, before sun rise,
As death has kindly agreed to take me out on bail!
All alone in the world, with not a soul to wipe her tears,
My mother will weep and weep, the rest of all her years!
Would you go and console her, and give her my last love,
And tell her, they killed a boy, who was gentle as a dove!

@ Gulnar Raheem Khan

************************************************************************TAKE A BREATHER

Take a breathing break, take a breathing break
Heed to the comforting feeling of being awake
To the monotonous dictates of moneyed pressure
Say nay, though not necessarily altogether.

When shuffling your feet in a queue eternal
Or stuck in traffic, the clock ticking away to infernal
When kitchen fires work to profusion
And the not-so-neighborly next-doors sound to intrusion.

When data exceeds the functions of Excel sheets
And our phone makes too much irritating bleats
Say nay, though not necessarily altogether
To the monotonous dictates of moneyed pressure.

And heed to the comforting feeling of being awake
By taking a breathing break, taking a breathing break
And heed to the comforting feeling of being awake
By taking a breathing break, taking a breathing break.

Wake up to breathing, breathe into sleep
Breathe in the aroma of morning readiness deep
The pain of depression and fatigue unfortunate
Breathe with love as a friendly smile or motherly hug affectionate.

Breathe in music, breathe in colors
Breathe in the nothingness that pervades the Universe
The favorable do breathe in as do the adverse
But now take a breather for reading this verse.

@Vidya Shankar

************************************************************************HAD I KNOWN

I’d have lingered longer, had I known
that an isolation, chasmic so
would long keep your whispers
from my toes.

The ears roar
with the silence of walls.
Lips sip the sting of brine
off a faraway heart.

What chases my eyes to smart
with a heave of silver memories
as I delve into my depths
like you, for a turbulent peace?

The spray that startles my cheeks
must be your song.
The world echoes within its hollows
But our music must carry on.

What times have we come upon?

What times have we come upon
that they yank no more
the sand beneath my toes
to thrust them headlong into tomorrows.

Tomorrows of which nobody knows,
float in feather-like indecision.
Had I known, I’d have lingered longer
with the dying coals on your horizon.

My grilled sky clouds over with concern
but its rolls cannot carry me to your shore.
Had I known, I’d have lingered longer.
I’d have lingered longer had I known.

@Anju Kishore

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“Whaatchu Mittaai”

My first watch : of elastic rubbery candy,
With a bow on its watch face, tied with flourish
His expert hands, deftly tying it on my hand,
While I  stood mesmerized by his doll,
Who too looked like made of candy..
Her glossy frock, curly hair and rosy cheeks,
Made her look like ‘made of icing’,
Though a tad dusty from  the day’s exposure..
My mother cringed visibly: “I bought you those lovely toffees and lollipops yesterday, didn’t I?”,  She muttered.. she was deftly ignored..

“Will it tell the time..”, I asked.
The candy-man laughed..
All time is good time for you, paappa”..a fond pinch on the cheek..
Some cheeky boy- children gathered around him..
“We want scorpions” , they demanded..
The candy man frowned..
It meant he had to draw out more sweet,
From that sticky rainbow-hued rope extending from the doll..
But business was business,
Fascinated i watched,
As a whole scorpion materialized, sting and all,
On the boy’s wrist..he began to eat it greedily,
I too had my first taste of my ‘watch’..
It was too sweet..unlike anything I’d tasted.
I fell in love with it then and there.
My mother sighed..resigned,  she set aside
Ten paise a day for this clandestine treat
(We didn’t tell my dad..)
When I was tired of eating watches..
I asked for butterflies,
Sometimes pretty ribbon bows;
By and by, I stopped waiting
For the waatchu-mittai man,
At the street corner..I had grown up,
My ‘digital’ watch from HMT
Now graced my strong wrist.
Years later, when again I searched
For the candy-man, it was his son in his place,
He of course didn’t remember me,
And looked at me mockingly
Asking if such a grownup girl wants the candy:
I blushed and rushed away..
But I still recall that first watch I wore.

@ Kamar Sultana Sheik

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TANKA

milk man agog-
bereaved cow and dead calf
when dusk falling
you are only passive
the influx of Time’s doing

@ Dr. S. Radhamani

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I AM PEACE

I pulsate with life
The atoms make me
The plan brilliant
Made by a Soul
Or a Science
I breathe accordingly
Coinciding with leaves
Complementing light
Balancing fragrance
A part of the wheel
I seem to be slow
I seem to be fast
I seem to lose
I seem to win
It is a game
I am the universe
I represent a part
Billions of us
Are making it
Possible everyday
I am the peace
Of the silence
Of the quiet
Minds that think
I live on and on

@Sridevi Selvaraj

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PERFECT PACE

Let it all go, move on and on;
I dwell in  perfect pace this day,
Wandering wildly in wintry night
That seemed moving on endlessly.
The moon melts in the dark sky
Embracing stars like autumn breeze.
I let go my past in dark’s simplicity
And rise glinting in moonlight magic.

@Geetha S.

************************************************************************THE FLOWER SELLER AND THE FLOWERS

Her hands busy, her mind filled with dreams
The hard work wins her the daily bread
Prevents from getting split at the seams
Stands her in good stead
She asks for help from no one
Many a battle in life, She’s won.
The fragrance of the floral assortment
Fills the entire compartment
Subtly plays into the psyche
The flowers say – Be like me!
‘I bend and ply as she strings the strands
I add beauty to her gnarled hands.’
“Even though my life is short
my smile till the end I sport.”
‘Winning even the hardest heart
having played to the fullest, my part!’

@Hema Ravi

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 The Meet was enjoyable. This is for this week’s Sunday story and we shall meet tomorrow as usual. Till then BYE!

WITHIN THE CIRCLE! – Envius Thoughts

Gurubyonamaha, on this auspious Guru Poornima day, my respects to you & greetings , & wish a wonderful year ahead.

4th July-U S INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Fourth of July fireworks behind the Washington Monument, 1986.jpg

Creator-the Lord Almighty created the whole world to be free
And enjoy freedom and peace, joy and plenty live with independence!
But alas greedy political leaders of various countries
Bring under their control countries small and big to serve under!

Fortunately people are freedom minded and fight for independence!
India that is Bharath fought for freedom from the British for long
Under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and got independence !
Fourth of July today -the great Independence Day of
The United States of America- observed in a fitting manner!

United States commemorate the Declaration of Independence
Of the United States, on July Fourth  Seventeen Seventy Six..
The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies
No longer  subordinate to the monarch of Britain, King George THREE
And were now united, free, and independent states.
The Congress  voted to declare independence two days earlier,
On July second, but  was  declared on this day in Seventeen Seventy Six! This second post is at the instance of my VISION SCIENTIST  son presently at U S.

04th July-Vivekananda’s Death Anniversary.

Death Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda | English News Portal

 

Men may come and men may go but going man leaves his foot prints great
Not to get erased for decades and centuries! Here is one above
Birth and Death Anniversaries come and go and people recall and
Revere! India that is Bharath has a lot of men of gold !

Death anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is today
Fourth July -hundred and eighteenth anniversary of Swami
Vivekananda – Punyatithi or Mahasamadhi.  messenger
Uplifted the dying spirit of Indians. reminded us
Of our past glory, and our present wretched condition and what bright
Future holds for us..  “Arise! Awake! And stop not until the goal is reached.”

He died at an early age of thirty nine on July fourth Nineteen not two.
Known in  pre-monastic life as Narendra Nath Datta, revived
Vedanta and took to the world.  mentor and Guru Sri Ramakrishna
Paramahamsa guided him on the spiritual path.
After the passing away of Sri Ramakrishna, under the leadership of
Swami Vivekananda, disciples of Sri Ramakrishna formed a new monastic Brotherhood. Swamiji was not happy with a settled monastic life.
He took the teachings of his Guru to the world.after discovery of real India.

When Guru Ramakrishna had said to Swami Vivekananda, 'Your bones ...

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