Sapling scars

I, a sprout, spring into youth,

I watch my first bud, callow;

I look the world in the eye,

In pride and dignity I wallow.


But a prying hand thrusts forward,

Tears away my youthful bloom,

And with it my naiveté;

Pain, I bury in my pride’s tomb.


The shoot blossoms into flowers,

The fragrant culmination of life’s wonder.

But my glaring eyes wary of the world,

Seek deliverance from man’s plunder.


A man walks by to enjoy the aroma

That my flowers emanate.

The gardener tends to my fruit;

He cares for me, his touch affectionate.


I wince away, reign my bridled love.

My sapling scars can never heal.

‘Man’, you who took my youth away,

I ask, “Candid rapture, can I ever feel?”


– Ananth and Pritesh

(Dedicated to women. Women have so learnt to live with stares, groping hands, lecherous gestures that they no longer can trust a first glance of genuine care and affection with complete abandon, wary as they have become)



  1. Sandeep said,

    February 7, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    thumbs up…bravo zulu

  2. karthik said,

    February 8, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Good one Ananth, and Pritesh ! Captures the feel well. Some of the word usage is v different from what i’ve come across before

  3. SHAMIT said,

    February 8, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Amazing work guys! The last line leaves you stunned. Amazing. Period.

  4. Madhurima said,

    February 9, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    The writing is candid and beautiful! Captures the thoughts extremely well…like the analogy!Super!!

  5. Pritesh said,

    February 9, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you Sandeep! 🙂

    Indeed Karthik, the words are different because Ananth had composed it. Only the initial idea was mine……he built it up and wrote it…..

    Thanks Shamit. It’s a feeling Ananth and I feel very strongly about, the inherent fear women live with……the mistrust in them…..

    Thanks Madhurima…….I think Ananth now really deserves the almond chocolates I’ve been saving up for him! 😉 He’s written this one VERY well

  6. Chuckie said,

    March 3, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    First blog I read after wakeup from sleep today!

    Mind Blowing!

  7. Pritesh said,

    March 3, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks Chuckie! The credit largely goes to Ananth for putting the idea into words so beautifully!

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