"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Sunday, 9 December 2012

The Monk Who Would Not Ride On An Elephant

I've had just enough time to...   want to ride on an elephant

Taken in a Hindu temple that we stumbled on by accident in Termeloh, Pahang, Malaysia

To ride on an elephant 
A sultan not a mahout 
High above my subjects 
A subject of envy 
Feeling like a king 
High above all 
Till I met a monk wearing 
A smile 
Walking on bare feet 

He did not want 
To be on the beast 
I can tell 
For some reasons 
That infuriated me 

What pleasure can there be 
To ride on an elephant 
If others are not envious of me? 

So I try to steal his smile 
By fraying his skin 
Though he cried in pain 
As the lashes flew 
His spirit could not be broken 
As I could his bone 

What pleasure can there be 
If I cannot submit 
Every one to my will? 

I rode the elephant back 
To the palace 
And the rain 
Falls on me 
The elephant 
And the monk that I killed


  1. I stumbled upon this Hindu temple by accident. We were to rendezvous with a friend of a friend who will show us where to have the best of the famous "Patin" fish of Termeloh. This town is famed for this fish, (a river fish similar to catfish) and said to be the best in the whole country as well as the best way to cook them. That is another story for another day. The landmark to meet along the road we were on was this temple. While waiting, we got down from the car, wandered into the temple still under renovation with no one guarding it and took a few shots. When we see a decorated elephant, our first feeling is that we want to ride it. That is fine but how will we imagine ourselves on the elephant if it is not a bare back one and we have the power of choice and what will be the feelings we will be having? And will we be corrupted by it? We may not go so far as murder but how far will we extend the feelings of superiority over our less fortunate subjects...

    Sunciti _ Sundaram's Images + Messages
    I like that Concept Clicking The Clicker, It Makes The Image A Story Telling One.
    Visit Any Temple Of God, You will have plenty of Clicking Opportunity.qne
    Well done my friend Have A Peaceful Day.

    ★ineedathis added this photo to his favorites.
    Very beautiful work of art Thou, well captured!
    Have a lovely Sunday!

    GlobeTrotter 2000
    Stunning shot !

    very beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  2. serafin_moreno_alvarez
    Fantastica,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,

    ★onasill added this photo to his favorites. (8 hours ago)
    Well caught and magnificent colors. My compliments

    Have a wonderful day Thou-San

    ★Franco Marconi and henrhyde (gill) added this photo to their favorites.

    henrhyde (gill)
    Beautifully composed.
    Great clarity.
    Yes --we may aspire for more--however this is only for us --brings no more contentment.

    ★Pagan Eyes and october blue ( away ) added this photo to their favorites.

    october blue
    Very nice color and composition, a wonderful image ! I also like the thought-provoking poem . As for myself, I am more than happy just to enjoy the beauty of this fine elephant without needing to ride it .
    It has been a joy to see your fine photos and read your excellent essays and poems in 2012 !. Thanks so much for sharing....wishing you and your family a happy end of year :-)

    I've never ridden on an elephant but if I did I don't think I would feel superior. I think instead that I would feel blessed that the elephant would allow me to ride. :-)

    Have never ridden an elephant, have never been in the situation where the option to do so presented itself. But I did ride a camel inTunisia. More than once. A gentle if somewhat ungainly creature & a comfortable ride..... far more so than I was expecting. I don't know about feeling superior but most definitely I felt privileged to have the opportunity of such an experience so far removed from my usual mode of transportation *~* Lovely shot & evocative poem, thou!
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    Andrew 62
    beautiful picture and thoughtful text about humility and compassion


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