Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “difference.” Whatever the word “difference” conjures first in your mind, write about it. Enjoy!
I have just completed the English translation of a Kannada Book called The House of Kanooru by one of the great writers in Kannada, K V Puttappa. He was popularly known as Kuvempu. I loved the book and could relate so well to all that was happening in the lives of the characters in the book because the story is set not far from our place. However well a book is translated, there is always a difference between the original and its translation. We may not be able to sense the difference if we do not know the original language. Maybe the language gives a special feel to the story.
But I am really thankful for the translations because they open a window to another world. It is not really possible to learn so many different languages. I am listening to Don Quixote in English, it was written in Spanish. Earlier I had listened to War and Peace which was written in Russian and French. Most of the translations are so good that we do not even feel that they have been translated.
Some years ago I had taken part in Poetry writing course in WordPress. We were given prompts and we had to write a poem. The prompt had been about the basic unit of time, seconds. I wrote these lines. I enjoyed the course very much.
In the long journey of Life
Seconds seem to be nothing
Just like grains of sand.
But in truth
Seconds made all the difference
A second earlier or a second later
There would not have been Life here.
That small second
Made all the difference.
And changed the Destiny of Earth.
In our own life too
The hours or years are long
And seconds too small.
But a second earlier or later
Changes Life forever.
And it is only later
We understand how very important
Was that tiny second.