Friday, October 20, 2006

Even This Shall Pass Away

I'll confess...
I love to read...anything almost..stories, fables, tales, opinions, blogs, poems etc... But a poem which tells a tale with a thought provoking context in such a simple manner! The following poem made my day...

Even This Shall Pass Away

Once in Persia reigned a king,
Who upon his signet ring
Graved a maxim true and wise,
Which, if held before his eyes,
Gave him counsel at a glance
Fit for every change and chance.
Solemn words, and these are they,
" Even this shall pass away."

Trains of camels through the sand
Brought him gems from Samarcand;
Fleets of galleys through the seas
Brought him pearls to match with these;
But he counted not his gain
Treasures of the mine or main;
" What is wealth?" the king would say;
"Even this shall pass away."

'Mid the revels of his court,
At the zenith of his sport,
When the palms of all his guests
Burned with clapping at his jests,
He, amid his figs and wine,
Cried, "O loving friends of mine;
Pleasures come, but not to stay,
'Even this shall pass away."

Lady, fairest ever seen,
Was the bride he crowned his queen.
Pillowed on his marriage bed,
Softly to his soul he said:
"Though no bridegroom ever pressed
Fairer bosom to his breast,
Mortal flesh must come to clay
Even this shall pass away."

Fighting on a furious field,
Once a javelin pierced his shield;
Soldiers, with a loud lament,
Bore him bleeding to his tent.
Groaning from his tortured side,
" Pain is hard to bear," he cried;
" But with patience, day by day,
Even this shall pass away."

Towering in the public square,
Twenty cubits in the air,
Rose his statue, carved in stone.
Then the king, disguised, unknown,
Stood before his sculptured name,
Musing meekly: "What is fame?
Fame is but a slow decay,
Even this shall pass away."

Struck with palsy, sore and old,
Waiting at the Gates of Gold,
Said he with his dying breath,
" Life is done, but what is Death?"
Then, in answer to the king,
Fell a sunbeam on his ring,
Showing by a heavenly ray,
" Even this shall pass away."

- Theodore Tilton

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Phase Shift 06 DC

  • Well we believe its one of the largest DC events ever conducted...
  • 93 teams registered out of which around 73 turned up...
  • The DC software developed by my senior Suresh ensured that the results were permanently on display and no manipulation could occur.
  • The event started at 11 and the qualification lasted till 2:45!
  • The number of teams were really overwhelming...
  • The finals were from 3 till about 5.
  • My teammates and I took turns on conducting the event.
  • One team of Doctors from KIMS took part and they went on to win the event!
  • One team from PESIT bunked their placements and won the second place.
  • One standard team from my college came third.
  • Most teams were relieved that we didn't have time inverse in the finals.
And I've really forgotten how to post a blog hence the bullets.