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Have you ever wondered how all those seashells
end up on the beach at Murudeshwara?

You see, Lord Shiva sits high atop
the mountain of Murudeshwara.
He looks down from the mountaintop
and he sees what human beings do to one another.
Every day he is saddened
by the harm that people do to each other,
and how they ruin the environment.

Every time he is saddened,
Lord Shiva cries.
And his tears run down his cheeks
onto the beach below.

But Lord Shiva’s tears are special;
they do not mix with the sea water.
Instead Lord Shiva’s tears
turn into seashells.


To remind people when they pick up seashells
that Lord Shiva has cried.

And that is how seashells
end up on the beach at Murudeshwara.


Stephen Joseph started writing for the first time in May 2008.  He lives in Bangalore, India with his wife and two daughters.  His story, ‘The Catching Man’, placed 40th in the Writers Digest 77th Annual Writing Competition (which attracted 17,056 entries in 10 categories) in the Mainstream/Literary Short Story Category.  He has placed as a finalist (twice) and as Honorable Mention in humor writing on Humor Press.  He has also placed 5th in the Second Annual Amazing Story Fiction Contest held on The Write Helper.  Stephen is a struggling and frustrated poet who has the distinction of having six consecutive poetry submissions rejected by Everyday Poets.  Stephen has however managed to get one of his poems published in the online and print versions of Perspectives Magazine.

© 2009, Stephen Joseph

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