Here we go, this is a response to the blog: Most favourite Bharathiyar Kavithai
This is the best I could do, Hope I have conveyed the meaning in a understandable manner.
Made a good Veena, will I throw it for waste?
Please tell me oh goddess siva sakthi – you have created me with this bright wisdom.
Will you give me strength, to live my life useful to this world?
Oh Goddess please tell me, or will you let me become a burden to this earth on which I stand upon.
Please give me a body which can sing in praise of you even when it is hurt with burnt.
Give me a faultless mind, and a life that will light up every day.
I asked for a steady confidence, and do you have any objection in granting me this.
There is another famous saying from Bharathiyar Poems.
“Thani oru manithanukku unavillai ennil, Jagathinai azhithiduvom…”
It means If a single person does not have food, then we will destroy this world. Here the last two words, Jagathinai azhithiduvom – has two meanings…
1) Jagam – world
2) Jagam – farms
This sentence is often mis-understood, as destroy the world. But I believe bharathiyar simply meant to destroy the farms, and not the world itself when people are in poverty.