Indian Mythology is replete with interesting stories for everything. Even the scientific facts and events have an explanation. There is one such story explaining the waxing and waning of the moon. This poem is based on the age old story of Lord Ganesha cursing the moon which resulted in the different phases of the moon.
Ganesha was chastised for eating a lot for dinner
And was advised to go for walks to become thinner
Reluctant and lazy he was yet was forced out of house
But even for a walk, he mounted his dear little mouse.
Set off for the walk on his happy tiny creature
He was busy watching the lovely charms of nature-
The rustling dandelions and fruited trees by the lake
When the mouse panicked on seeing a bright green snake.
Caught unaware, he fell down after losing his balance
Rupturing his stomach, still getting up with nonchalance
With clothes disheveled and his golden hair displaced
He picked up the snake and tied around his waist.
Witnessing the scene, laughed hilariously the moon
Finding it so funny, he rattled out a tune.
Extremely annoyed now Ganesha became furious
And cursed the arrogant moon ever so glorious.
Losing his luster, the moon realized his folly
And apologized with a tinge of melancholy
But still the moon continued to wane
Repenting while writhing in a web of pain.
The merciful Ganesha pleased with the tears shed
Lifted the moon and placed it on his forehead
And the moon started to recover after the contact
Slowly regaining the luster after the impact.
Waning and waxing of Moon till this day
Reminds everyone to mend their way
Never to ridicule anyone and never make fun
For the price has to be paid for all one has done.
© 2017 Shaloo Walia All rights reserved