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When the Earth was in danger 1of 8


This story is based partly on the Indian mythology and partly on my imagination.
The theme is anger, how it can destroy even the entire Earth and if controlled,
how it converts into a creative energy. The incident is from the mythology of 
Hindus, which speaks, how Shiva the supreme God of Hindus started 
one day his Tandava Nritya * or the Dance of Destruction……………..What was 
the cause of this anger would be explained in the concluding part of this story. 

When the Universe was in danger   1 of 4 

The cascading spring of poetry or anger, start flowing,
When pain got absorbed, in one’s mind and heart,
And the agonies of   heart, show their somber face,
When they dance on the lips, while words take shapes.01

The utterance becomes a melody or a loud voice of thunder,
Depending upon the depths, of pain and piercing thorns,
When tears start rolling from eyes, without stopping for a while,
Like the streams which keep flowing,   without ever stopping.  

When the waves of pains, strike high touching the air and,
The separation from love splashes against the sky,
It takes shape as a pain of heart, and goes-up like high waves or, 
It burst like heated lava, coming from a Volcano’s chest.    03

Suppressed pain strikes the rocks, when they comes on its way,
The sea of turmoil creates a fearful noise,   while hitting the rocks,
The anger then burst, like the sea surf covering the mighty rocks,
To engulf everything coming, before the raging mind and heart. 04

Considering the end to save the lives, the earth started shouting loudly,
As if the Tandava Nritya*, had started to engulf the earth,
O Please Stop, You are the God of creation & destruction too,
Have mercy, O Shiva*, O Please stop, your Tandava Nitrya,*
Or else the whole earth would forever come to a halt.   05


Kanpur India 14h Feb 2011                                      to continue in 2/8


Shiva* is the supreme God of Hindus, who is also the source of all creations and
distractions. Shiva’s Tandava is a vigorous dance that is the source of the cycle of
creation, preservation and dissolution. Tandava depicts his violent nature as the
destroyer of the universe.

*Tandava Nritya* means Dance of destruction

Copyright © Ravindra K Kapoor

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  1. Date: 2/21/2011 2:19:00 PM
    Interesting way to convey a culture new to me. The vivid imagery brings your thoughts to life. Thank you for sharing your poem with us and for your kind comment. Karen

  1. Date: 2/17/2011 3:33:00 PM
    Our universe really is in danger Ravindra. I hope the dance works. Now I will look at part 2.

  1. Date: 2/17/2011 7:56:00 AM
    And a late valentines,, to you Ravindra,, I am so impressed and at the imagination,, when nature has a furry of its own,,. Like a tornado falling into a pit of lava,, wow! I love the way your poetry danced with the words and beauty of Gods destruction,, Adding this to my faves.. Imagine the world with out human,, and still he and she destroy all images of beauty,, enjoyed,..p.d.

  1. Date: 2/17/2011 12:44:00 AM
    Hi Ravindra and I wish you had a wonderful valentine's -- this sure is filled with imagery and gives a strong message-- would look forward to the next installments for this one-- enjoy your day :)

  1. Date: 2/16/2011 10:50:00 AM
    There have been recent occurrences where Mother Nature seems to be casting vengeance upon Earth in the form of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. Your poem has a very spiritual quality to it that I admire, Ravindra, and your words tell the story so eloquently. I am hoping the story behind this poem has a happy ending. Thanks for sharing it and it's good to see you here again, dear friend. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 2/14/2011 11:25:00 PM
    Yes, as Linda says, this is a very vivid introduction. Nature personified very well by you, Ravindra. Will be on the lookout for the rest of your series!!

  1. Date: 2/14/2011 12:20:00 PM
    A most vivid introduction Ravindra my friend into the content of this beautiful Epic poem .. the enchanting imagery unfolds so beautifully and the foot note explanation is key to enjoy this piece of mastery my friend.. anxiously awaiting the continuation.. appreciate your wonderful warm and welcome comments with luv.. Happy LUV Day...

  1. Date: 2/14/2011 8:47:00 AM
    Always a great write, happy Valentine's day, i hope to be more active on the soup, soon, i miss you! love, SimoneX

  1. Date: 2/14/2011 8:22:00 AM
    It's unique story. An attempt to save the Earth and its inhabitants as a token of great love for them. A novel remembrance on VALENTINE day. Wishing all my friends a great VALENTINE Day full of love and friendship.....Ravindra