The story of the little water spring and a rock

Here, I want to talk about the interpretation of another poem from the Iranian poet Mohammad-Taqi Bahar called “King of the Poets.” it is a powerful story about persistence.

I learned it at the same time as the Toil and Treasure, but I forgot the words of the last part, and even after searching for years, I could not find it again; it disappeared after the revolution in Iran.

Not even an old teacher, the father of a friend, could not find it for me; he only remembered the Toil and Treasure and some other poems. But I know the meaning and the story; it is a story of persistence.

Update Dec. 2023: I found the poem finally.

A spring separated from the mountains.

On the way, he suddenly hit a stone.

Softly, he said to the hard rock,

“O lucky one, please, kindly give me a way to pass.”

The big, dark-hearted rock slapped the fountain hard and said,

“Go away, boy. I did not move when the strong and roaring flood came.

Who are you that I should move because of you”?

The spring was not discouraged and hopeless by the stone’s answer

and started digging with persistence and insistence.

He tried hard and continued digging until he made his way through the hard rock.

Go, be a worker and hopeful because nothing comes from hopelessness and despair but death.

If you work steadfastly and persistently, all your work and difficulties will become easy.

The Poem About A Water Spring And Rock

Here, the interpretation goes:

There was a water spring coming out of a stony mountain slope, and it had the dream to become a river, reach the sea, and become one with the big ocean. In the poem, it was referred to the spring as a boy.

The spring started to flow down the stony mountain slope, happily jumping over little rocks and having fun. Suddenly, it got stopped by a big rock in its way.

Very polite, it asked the rock to give way. The rock said: “Boy, who do you think you are to tell me to give way to you? I did not even jump when the big flood came and washed everything away, and now you, little boy, want me to jump out of the way for you”?

The spring did not get discouraged by his harsh words and started to find and dig his way around the rock. It took a while, and it was hard work, but finally, he was able to carve his path through the big rock and continue his journey.

Persistence - Water Spring And Rock

Carving his way, he found solutions.

He had many obstacles in his way, but he always thought of a solution. And he got better and better in this and learned a lot. If there was no straightforward way, he tried around, above, or even from underneath.

Sometimes, it seemed as if he couldn’t flow anymore and had to stop to get more power again.

But in the end, he reached his dream goal.

Whatever happens on your way, may people tell you it is impossible, you can not do it, you are not powerful enough, or even laugh at you. Do not listen; be not discouraged.

If necessary, even take a step back to make a leap.

If you are persistent and work hard, you always will reach your dream.

I hope you liked the story of this poem.

The intention is to encourage and give an uplifting message.

Persistence brings you to your dream.

The story and the poem teach us that we should not lose hope in the face of difficulties and should continue our efforts and perseverance.

A river cuts through rock not because of its power but because of its persistence. James Watkins

See also: How can you Master Change and be stronger than circumstances?

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