Krishna and Sudama’s tale is still remembered even after thousands of years as a symbol of pure friendship. Krishna teaches us that true friendship is a bond formed out of love and is not based on status or riches. Today I made a sketch of Lord Krishna and Sudama which inspired me to write a poem narrating this beautiful tale of pure love and friendship.
Krishna, the Lord and Sudama, the poor Brahmin child
Befriended at Sage Sandipan’s hermitage in the wild.
To pick firewood, the two friends went to the forest
Few hours later, they sat down under a tree for some rest.
It was getting late when it started to rain
Shivering with cold, the children were hungry and tired
Some warmth and a little food was all that they desired
Krishna asked if Sudama had some food or even a little grain.
Sudama had some grams but was embarrassed to declare
This simple food with his rich friend, how could he share?
As Krishna dozed off, hungry Sudama stealthily ate
Unknowingly he had created his own fate.
Years passed by and Krishna was now a mighty King
While the impoverished Sudama didn’t own a thing
Living in abject poverty, his children often cried of hunger
Is Krishna even his friend, Sudama’s wife would often wonder!
Sudama decided to go to Krishna on his wife’s insistence
For the sake of the children, to beg financial assistance
And the wife had no gift to offer but some flattened rice
Which she packed in a cloth without thinking twice.
Reaching Dwarka after days of arduous journey
Yet Sudama was hesitant and was in no hurry
On seeing him, Krishna got up and fondly embraced
His childhood friend with affectionate and eager haste.
Recalling their childhood days, the friends were overjoyed
Yet Sudama hid his wife’s simple gift, trying to avoid
But Krishna snatched it, took a handful and ate it in one go
Till Rukmani stopped him for Krishna’s ways only she knows.
Eating the lavish meals served in utensils of gold
Sudama sadly thought of his hungry children back home
Krishna knew everything yet waited for the truth to be told
But his humble friend didn’t ask even when alone in the dome.
Two days passed and Sudama prepared to leave
Krishna escorted him out bidding him farewell
Humbled by the Lord’s love, but nothing to receive
Sudama wondered what at home he will tell!
On seeing a magnificent palace, Sudama was amazed
Out came his wife crying-“Lord Krishna be praised!”
Without even asking, Krishna had blessed his friend
With opulence unparalleled and thus all the sorrows end.
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