The Camel and the Mynah

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
Inspired by Rumi's 'Mouse and Frog' and my own experiences of demanding a lover's effort as proof of his attention.

Submitted: September 03, 2007

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The camel and the mynah

They were the best of friends

Soulmates with a love

Like a deep unending well

One day the two were strolling

On sandy desert slopes

The camel heavily laden

With boxes, packages, rolls

The mynah saw him toiling

And that he was not toiling for her

So she was sorely jealous

Of his seeming unconcern

She raised her pretty voice

And tipped her pretty beak

"Why won't you carry me, my love

I am feeling ever so weak!"

The camel was surprised

This he had not expected

"But you have wings, my love

You've never needed to be lifted"

But the mynah was insistent

She was as important as his burdens

Of love, of life, of sweat and blood

She was worth the camel's investment

Now the mynah perches on the packs

Frustrated by her lack of flight

While the camel toils on below

Alone with his burdens

You see they no longer converse

She is too far from his ear

And even when they pause for rest

She finds he is sore exhausted.


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