Value Points :
Diary Entry (First person, Personal feelings)
• hot day in July; the poet goes to fill his pitcher with water / sees a snake drinking water from the trough, feels honoured at his presence.
• fascinated by the snake
• ‘voice of education’ provokes him to throw a log at the snake when the snake is about to retreat.
• filled with guilt and regret at throwing the log - overcome by feeling of remorse.
Detailed Answer :
Friday 19 July 20XX,
I had a strange experience in the morning when I went to fill my pitcher with water. I saw a snake drinking water from the trough. I felt honoured at his presence. I was fascinated by him and let him drink water. I stood and waited like a second comer.
The ‘voice of education’ provoked me to kill the snake as it was golden and poisonous. But my inner conscience pricked me that the snake had come as a guest and so should not be killed. Suddenly I saw the snake going back. I picked up a log and threw it the retracting snake. The snake twisted but disappeared into a hole in the ground. I am filled with guilt and regret at the act of throwing the log. A feeling of remorse is overpowering me, I should not have done that because the snake had shown no intention to harm me.
Good night, Diary.