and Camel's Needle
by Farid Alakbarov
There grew a Camel's Needle in
a dry, sandy desert. He suffered from thirst greatly and wanted
to drink water. But he couldn't find any in a dry soil of the
desert. Other plants, the friends of the Camel's Needle, lived
in damp and watery places. Some of them settled in gardens and
orchards, some in humid forests and some near rivers and lakes.
These herbs and trees didn't suffer from thirst. They had a lot
of water to drink.
How lucky they are! thought the Camel's Needle.
They live under the hot Sun, near water. They are friends both
with the Sun and Water. And I am left alone in a dry desert.
Even my green leaves have dried and turned into needles. And
I've become yellow. Because I don't have legs to go to get water.
And I don't have hands to reach out for water. And I don't have
friends to help me.
At this moment as if someone read the Camel's Needle's thoughts
Don't complain about your destiny in vain. You yourself
should help you.
The Camel' Needle was surprised:
Who is talking? I don't see anybody.
And you won't be able to see me, because I am very deep
in the sand.
Who are you? And why are you hiding in the soil?
I am Water. Right, plain water. I was afraid of sunshine
and that's why hid in the soil. If I came out, I would evaporate
immediately. Then all the plants in the desert would suffer from
But I am suffering right now as well,said the Camel's
Needle. Don't you see that my whole body has dried?
Yes, I do. But I'll tell you once again your life
is in your own hands.
Then please explain, what I should to rescue myself?
Give me your hand, - said the Water.
How can I give you my hand? I have neither hands nor legssaid
the Camel's Needle in astonishment.
Then stretch your roots, replied the Water.
I've hidden very deep in the sand.
It was true, the Water did hide very deep. The Camel's Needle
kept trying hard and still couldn't reach it. But he didn't lose
his hope, because he was stubborn and hardworking. Those who
are stubborn and hardworking always achieve success. And the
Camel's Needle reached his goal. It took him a week to look for
the Water. And on the last day of the week he finally found it.
Camel's Needle was very happy and started drinking water with
a great pleasure. The Water was as cold as ice, because it was
From that day on the Water and the Camel's Needle have been friends.
Their friendship is strong, because they have worked very hard
to find each other. Other plants are also friends with Water
and stretch their roots towards it. Scientists call this friendship
Translated into English
by Arzu Aghayeva
Web design: Farida Sadikhova