This poem is based on an incident that happened in my school. The teacher mentioned in the poem is Mrs. Usha Raman who is the principal of the school I studied in Sankarnagar, Tirunelveli. If you join the first letters of all the lines, you will get the sentence, ‘Mrs. Usha Raman is my guru’.
“Madam, kindly help me with your wisdom!
Restless is my mind, I am stupid and dumb!
Say something that will calm my greedy mind!
Unhappy I am”, I grumbled and whined.
She was aware that I was dumb and blind.
Her words were clear, supportive and kind!
And she knew that I had a high school crush.
Roasted by my greed, I was in a rush.
As I helplessly looked, with a soft voice
My teacher said, “True love never destroys
And never hurts; you have greed! It’s not love!
No one is spoiled because of true love!
It is greed which will destroy you indeed!
So pray and ask God to transform your greed!
May your greed transform into loving care!
You’ll find true joy in compassion, I swear!”
Growing up, I reflected on her words;
Until one day I became free like birds!
Real love doesn’t want to possess or own!
Undoubtedly, by pure love, God is known!