Daily Prompt : Thwart

In response to one-word prompt :  Thwart

Determination Versus Thwart!

King Bruce of Scotland flung himself down

In a lonely mood to think;

‘Tis true he was monarch, and wore a crown,

But his heart was beginning to sink.

For he had been trying to do a great deed,

To make his people glad;

He had tried and tried, but couldn’t succeed

And so he became quite sad.

He flung himself down in low despair,

As grieved as man could be;

And after a while he pondered there,

” I’ll give it all up, ” said he.

Now just at that moment a spider dropped,

With its silken, filmy clue;

And the King, in the midst of his thinking, stopped

To see what the spider would do.

‘Twas a long way up to the ceiling dome,

And it hung by a rope so fine;

That how it would get to its cobweb home,

King Bruce could not divine.

It soon began to cling and crawl

Straight up with strong endeavour;

But down it came with a slippery sprawl,

As near to the ground as ever.

Up, up it ran, not a second to stay,

To utter the least complaint;

Till it fell still lower, and there it lay,

A little dizzy and faint.

Its head grew steady — again it went,

And travelled a half-yard higher;

‘Twas a delicate thread it had to tread,

And a road where its feet would tire.

Again it fell and swung below,

But again it quickly mounted;

Till up and down, now fast, now slow,

Nine brave attempts were counted.

” Sure, ” cried the King, ” that foolish thing

Will strive no more to climb;

When it toils so hard to reach and cling,

And tumbles every time. ”

But up the insect went once more,

Ah me! ’tis an anxious minute;

He’s only a foot from his cobweb door,

Oh say, will he lose or win it?

Steadily, steadily, inch by inch,

Higher and higher he got;

And a bold little run at the very last pinch

Put him into his native cot.

” Bravo, bravo! the King cried out,

” All honour to those who try;

The spider up there defied despair;

He conquered, and why shouldn’t I? ”

And Bruce of Scotland braced his mind,

And gossips tell the tale,

That he tried once more as he tried before,

And that time did not fail.

The above poem by Eliza Cook teaches us a lesson on,the fact that no one or nothing can prevent or thwart us from reaching our goal, despite all the obstacles put before us.

Some people try to obstruct our ambition by trying to block us mentally. Under those circumstances we must foil their attempt by ignoring them.

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Daily Prompt : Inchoate

In response to prompt : Inchoate

In their young life, children learn to get along with each other. Theirs is a world where feud or war has no place.

When they go beyond their peaceful world, they wonder why adults act differently. They see plenty of food and houses in the world, what concerns them is why are so many people hungry and  have no place to live.

When their mind focuses on adults, they question their family members with inchoate insight: What is wrong with the world, why in this world of their parents, uncles, leaders,  cannot live in peace, why is it so difficult to share their food with the masses all over the world, are the adults too selfish to share the excess wealth they have?

These are questions that  pop in their mind and more and more they find their questions are never answered!

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