The Mountain and the Squirrel
Posted June 18, 2007on:
My friend G and I were talking about different facets of human emotions and behavior last evening when he suddenly remembered this poem we studied in Primary School. We studied this poem may be in 5th or 6th Standard, and probably even forgot about its significance, but come to see, it has so much to tell us about life in itself.
The Poet has used the mountain and the squirrel effectively in conveying how much one overestimates himself and how one need not feel intimidated about his or her physical appearance or success measures in life.
The mountain and the squirrel
Had a quarrel,
And the former called the latter“Little prig.”
Bun replied,“You are doubtless very big;
But all sorts of things and weather
Must be taken in togetherTo make up a year
And a sphere.
And I think it no disgrace
To occupy my place.
If I’m not so large as you,
You are not so small as I,
And not half so spry:
I’ll not deny you make
A very pretty squirrel track
Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;
If I cannot carry forests on my back,
Neither can you crack a nut.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thanks G for reminding me of this wonderful poem.