I Relish Sacred English Like a Water-Loving Fish (03/04/1999)May 6, 2023
At last I have acquired an English dictionary,
From a shop selling books and stationery,
No longer my vocabulary will be stationary,
My English knowledge will turn extraordinary.
In my school, English language
Was never at all sadly in usage,
I resorted to Tamil for every message,
I possessed poor English knowledge.
Up to my studying eleventh standard,
I conversed not in English a single word,
In college life, my state turned awkward,
As, everywhere, only English was heard.
All the subjects were only in English,
I suffered agony due to mental anguish,
Everyone's English appeared to be stylish,
My English knowledge was merely bookish.
By using the books, I read every page,
Underlined tough words in each passage,
It was like the "Wright Brothers" Bon Voyage,
Holding a dictionary was an added advantage.
As, tough words, I carefully did underline,
Their meaning, I could perfectly define,
I found in English a purely golden mine,
I drank it like a drunkard drinking wine.
By using homonyms, a poem I concocted,
In response to a girl's eyes that I contacted,
My very first English song was selected,
As if I knew wonderful English I just acted.
I chose B.Com as my course for degree,
My dear parents didn't with me disagree,
I was afraid of Algebra and also Geometry,
In B Com business English was obligatory.
My approach toward Business English was dull,
So, that subject appeared to be veritable hell,
High marks in that subject I couldn't sadly pull,
To master that subject I didn't have any will.
I scored in final year only forty six percentage,
But, that didn't cause to my hope any damage,
Now, exactly forty is my presently had age,
To write good English, I could just manage.
Whenever I try to write an English sentence,
I mix English knowledge with experience,
Upon my English talent, I have reliance,
I admire English language in strict silence.
O- Dearest English- Your twenty six letters,
Have created billions of wonderful writers,
If apt English words, tongue correctly utters,
Like that shining gold, the sentence glitters.
English is no longer to me now alien,
I watch it being spoken easily by million,
My efforts to learn her were Herculean,
I manage well in English is my opinion.
English is infinite like the space,
She is occupying the first place,
She helps greatly the human race,
Most are hypnotized by her grace.
By many, English is being spoken,
To learn her well, efforts are taken,
Her value, only God can reckon,
Those who fear her are mistaken.
Through borrowing and interpretation,
English has developed into an ocean,
In her, there is prevention of stagnation,
She usefully serves the world's population.
The language talked by maximum people,
Is Chinese, as population is innumerable,
Second-placed English is indeed honorable,
She will ever multiply by being adjustable.
Words, she will happily borrow,
Her approach is never narrow,
Like the Nile, she will ever flow,
She possesses not a bit of ego.
As her path is very broad and also wide,
By carrying her, anywhere, one can ride,
Dictionary is there to accurately guide,
Rules of grammar are so easy to abide.
Every English word has a root,
Learning is sweet like a fruit,
Grammar shows the right route,
Thirst for Knowledge, it will moot.
In any kind of taking-place conversation,
One can use English without reservation,
In these days of complete computerization,
English gains adaptation and modernization.
English has a great utility for the whole humanity,
Her creativity is accepted by every community,
She has her own identity with borrowing capacity,
Her beauty and popularity bless all like divinity.
English language he who reasonably knows,
Is like a noble farmer who very usefully sows,
In the brain-field where knowledge grows,
Away from the world, ignorance sadly goes.
English can be surely learned at any age,
Think not learning English is a mirage,
She gives in society a prestigious image,
None can discourage as she gives courage.
In English, news of the world are reported,
Everyone is by English superbly supported,
Words are imported by her to be exported,
By all, her kind help is hopefully resorted.
English alphabets number twenty six,
By using which, all do magical tricks,
No English may put people in a sure fix,
Utility her prefix and variety her suffix!
M V Venkataraman