Saturday, 10 May 2014

the ache of the toothache

when you have a toothache
all your thoughts and actions
are infused with the ache of the toothache.

you may have saved a young boy from drowning,
or done some such heroic act,
or maybe you have dropped
a five rupee coin
into the bowl of a destitute old man,
yet each thought and act of the moment
is tinged with the ache of the toothache.

being free of the toothache is when you feel clean.

(P.S. I was reading once again a piece i had posted in this blog in August 2008. In fact, it was a mail i had sent a team leader friend sharing my thoughts on how teamwork can happen. There has to be some qualities in the team leader for teamwork to happen. The first of these is the ability to build trust...
The link to the old piece is this: Rainbow



Anonymous said...

And all it takes is a visit to the dentist! ;)

Awesome idiomatic reference, as usual!

Toothache, indeed!



P. Venugopal said...

ha ha ha!!!

Nemoticon said...

This reminded me so much of the poem "This is going to hurt just a little bit' by Ogden Nash. I absolutely love your writing! :) And a little disappointed to learn that you have finally hung up your boots.

P. Venugopal said...

Because some tortures are physical and some are mental,
But the one that is both is dental.

The solution is to get all teeth plucked!!!
Which done, perhaps it's time to review the decision to hang up my boots. Four requests already, can you believe it?
Sherlock Holms may return!