The Beast

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Mighty and ferocious
He challenged the king
The Earth shivered
Birds stopped to sing

The skies struggled
To look through trees
Who stood still
Like the snow freeze

One dash
A violent blow
From King to pawn
The throne to go

Undoubtedly he won
But glory lasts for little
Time, which brought
A beast disgusting as spittle

Freedom lost
Might in vain
A world destroyed
For some petty gain

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The picture of the lion was taken many years ago at the Delhi zoo (India) and the mighty Asian elephant shown is in Coorg Elephant Camp (India) where elephants are kept for days before they are transformed from wild to trained ones.

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37 thoughts on “The Beast

  1. amylouisawilliams April 5, 2015 / 6:02 pm

    I love the personification in this – you got it spot on πŸ™‚ And the last stanza too – wonderful.

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    • Prateek Kohli April 5, 2015 / 6:05 pm

      Thank you so much for appreciating, Amy. It feels great to be complimented by such an awesome poet πŸ™‚

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      • amylouisawilliams April 5, 2015 / 6:08 pm

        Were you writing poetry before you started posting pieces on your blog? You must have been, I’m sure. And thank you πŸ™‚

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      • Prateek Kohli April 5, 2015 / 6:13 pm

        This is an obliging compliment! You just made my decision to come to the blogging world so worthwhile! Infinite thanks to you for that.
        Actually I was always fascinated by poetry but what you are seeing are the first attempts at it πŸ™‚

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      • amylouisawilliams April 5, 2015 / 6:15 pm

        I’m glad you started; from what I’ve seen you have a natural way with words, and I’m glad you find my blog so I found yours.

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      • Prateek Kohli April 5, 2015 / 6:17 pm

        You made my day in more than one way ! Thank you so much for the encouragement. Will try my best to continue improving πŸ™‚

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  2. AdiC April 5, 2015 / 6:59 pm

    This is beautiful! It hits you bang on. No frills, no fancy. I like it πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli April 5, 2015 / 7:02 pm

      The piece just became sacred with these words πŸ™‚ Thank you, Aditi. It is really a pleasure, a unique feeling to get your appreciation πŸ™‚

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      • AdiC April 5, 2015 / 7:07 pm

        I know the feeling! πŸ˜‰ When I started out I too was blessed with a blogger who encouraged me to the hilt!

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      • Prateek Kohli April 5, 2015 / 7:25 pm

        You are that blessing for me indeed. Thank you for being there πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli April 6, 2015 / 11:19 am

      Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read. Your appreciation means a lot πŸ™‚ Also, can I know your name? Although I am a great fan of Michael Faraday, but it doesn’t feel familiar πŸ˜€

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      • Faraday's Candle April 6, 2015 / 11:23 am

        Faradays Candle was an experiment. The two sisters and write the articles. It was wonderful to find your blog & great talent.

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      • Prateek Kohli April 6, 2015 / 11:32 am

        The experiment is doing great πŸ™‚ I will surely go through your other posts as well as soon. And I am obliged by your words. Thanks a ton πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli April 6, 2015 / 11:16 am

      Hehe Thank you. Actually after enjoying in the elephant camp for 2 days when we were taken to this site, it pained my heart. The compartment shown is just enough to contain the elephant. He has no scope to move at all. I was told that it is necessary as this is the time the elephant remembers before committing a mistake in the future 😦

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      • Camille Atienza April 6, 2015 / 11:21 am

        Aw, Poor elephant. I actually haven’t been in a zoo. But, lucky you! But sometimes, I pity the animals that are caged. It seems their freedom is snatched from them 😦

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      • Prateek Kohli April 6, 2015 / 11:26 am

        Yes that’s true. But I will definitely recommend you to visit a wildlife sanctuary where you can have the pleasure of watching them in their natural habitat πŸ™‚

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      • Camille Atienza April 6, 2015 / 11:29 am

        I don’t think they have it here but I will try! Soon! πŸ˜€

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      • Prateek Kohli April 6, 2015 / 11:36 am

        Oh. Well we have loads here. Animals are much more safer here than people πŸ˜€

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      • Prateek Kohli April 6, 2015 / 12:23 pm

        Haha no no! It was just an exaggeration πŸ˜€ I live in India (Delhi). Hope you have heard of some good things about here πŸ˜€

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      • Camille Atienza April 6, 2015 / 1:20 pm

        Yes yes! Many things, especially your culture! And I would love to travel there once (if i have a lot of money hehe!) πŸ™‚

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      • Prateek Kohli April 6, 2015 / 1:28 pm

        That is so good to hear πŸ˜€ I’ll pray you earn a lot of money soon and would love to be your guide. And I hope the same to be able to travel to Philippines some day πŸ™‚

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      • Camille Atienza April 6, 2015 / 2:37 pm

        Yes yes! I will pray for it also! Nudge me when you had the chance! πŸ˜€

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  3. inkblot miyazaki April 6, 2015 / 12:55 pm

    Great writing!! I love the imagery. The sky struggling to look through the trees frozen still…there is only anticipation left for us after that!! ^^

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    • Prateek Kohli April 6, 2015 / 1:04 pm

      Thank you so much, Miyazaki for stopping by and such a lovely compliment. It’s a great feeling being appreciated by someone so creative. πŸ™‚
      I am glad you were able to appreciate the imagery so deeply. πŸ™‚

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  4. Kez.Gutierrez April 6, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    Nicely written and nicely done! Very simple yet so powerful πŸ™‚

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  5. ShrutiInsights April 6, 2015 / 1:08 pm

    I really liked how you sprinkled real terror and fright through your words.
    Its tough to do that!
    Great! πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli April 6, 2015 / 1:13 pm

      It is wonderful to hear that ! Now I am extremely humbled by your insightful appreciation. Thank you so much. I hope I will keep improving with your guidance πŸ™‚

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  6. Hargun Wahi April 10, 2015 / 4:07 am

    hey, you are already going great!
    This was a good piece depicting the plight of caged animals. Loved the personification and the starting of the poem. Its catchy!

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    • Prateek Kohli April 10, 2015 / 4:50 am

      Thank you so much for appreciating, Hargun. I loved the fact that you loved it! πŸ˜€

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    • Prateek Kohli April 10, 2015 / 6:04 am

      Thank you again ! Hope to keep impressing you in future too ^_^

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