One Serene moonlit night
Mala had an eerie visitor
A Monstrous toad with bulging eyes
Hopped into her humble home
And croaked plaintively
“Beautiful lady I was a powerful man
Amassing wealth by unscrupulous means
Until the Devas turned me into a toad
To punish me for my rapacity.
A kiss from you sweet lady
Will turn me into a man again.
I will give you all my wealth,
My mansion, my Jaguar and my chauffeur
In return for your kiss”, he beseeched
With tears in his bulging eyes
Besotted by the vision of herself
The mistress of a grand house
and a posh chauffeur driven car
Mala kissed the loathsome creature.
Lo and behold! the monstrous toad
Had become a handsome young man.
But alas! Mala had turned into a toad
Punished by the Devas for her rapacity.
Her beauty lost no man would ever kiss her.
Without wealth she had no bargaining power.
Painfully ugly, dirt poor, bereft of hope
Mala was destined to spend her life
Hopping around her humble home
With tears in her bulging eyes.