Oh mighty turtle trainer! How patient thou art!
|TURTLE TRAINER- by Osman Hamdi -1906-Turkey|
Five Little monsters with minds of their own
How hard you try to train them!
Their ultimate master you may be
But with minds and shells frozen in time
How can you ever control them?
The turtle of vision, chewing on hedonic cabbage and the lettuce of lust
Can you make him sip the still waters of your mind?
The turtle of hearing, wandering in the waters of rumour and gossip
Can you make him listen to the music of love?
The turtle of smell, judging and dividing the world into shades of good and bad
Can you make him smell the tolerant fragrance of compassion?
The turtle of taste, always seeking solace in greed and gluttony
Can you make him eat the dried up leaves of altruism
The turtle of touch, always seeking comfort and pleasure
Can you make him obey the cane of self discipline?
Oh Mighty turtle trainer of the monstrous mind! How great thou art!
Five little sense monsters you seek to tame!
How great is thy patience! How great is thy perseverance!