Tuesday, 7 October 2014

If I Were

Neem Tree source



The tall Neem tree

Lovingly let the crow

Caw and clean its beak

On her dappled limb

If I were the Neem

Would I allow the scavenger

Come near me?

I wonder…..

 

The emerald pond

Beneath the Neem grieves

As he sees his sky pieced

By a sharp net of strings to trap birds

Hanging a few feet above him

If I were him would I ever let

The humans steal the bird-meal?

I wonder…..

 

Omnipotent humans

Know how to harness Nature

To meet all his demands

And cast Her away to silent tears

If I were Her

Would I ever let

These audacious worms live?

I wonder…..

 

 


Posted for Gabriella’s prompt “If I were Poems” @ Poetry Jam

18 comments:

  1. Leave it to humankind. Man will solve his problems the best way he thinks fit at the expense of nature. Wonderful write Sumana!

    Hank

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  2. If I were mother nature, I will give these worms a harsh lesson every now and then ~ A good one Sumana ~

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  3. What a beautiful tree the Neem is. (We don't have them.) I admire these neme for allowing the cawing crow. An act of kindness, I think. I would, however, grieve along with the emerald pond seeing the nets meant to trap birds. And, as for humans, I'd say we need to learn from the neme tree about kindness.

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  4. I think these worms are given lessons from time to time but they have a problem listening and taking heed. I like how your poem reminds us that Nature is there but needs to be cared for. What a beautiful tree!

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  5. oh this turned rather sad...to be the place those birds were taken...would be hard to deal with...i would love to be a tree for many reasons...this not one of them...though i think there is much to life we can learn from trees....

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  6. An interesting perspective. It appears that the Neem tree has already begun to give us lessons also...
    http://www.discoverneem.com/neem-weed.html

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  7. This is very interesting, to try to get inside the power and feelings of nature. Different and unique.

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  8. i luv the refocus from 'if i were' to 'would i'

    have a good Wednesday

    much love...

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    1. I really liked that shift too. Nice work.

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  9. Oh my such a strong view of the weakness of human worms. Excellent.

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  10. "Omnipotent humans
    Know how to harness Nature
    To meet all his demands
    And cast Her away to silent tears
    If I were Her
    Would I ever let
    These audacious worms live?
    I wonder….."

    I wonder too if mother nature is going to stand for much more of this. I think not. Loved this poem Sumana.

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  11. Sumana,

    A lovely consideration, to be that little bit closer to nature. An interesting perspective!!

    Eileen

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  12. Nicely penned, Sumana. The epistrophe repetition at the end of each stanza is haunting and thought provoking.

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  13. This is so wonderfully thought provoking Sumana. A beautiful ode to nature and all it endures by man.

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  14. Lovely take on the prompt Sumana....Mother nature is all about giving, only if human beings could learn from nature.

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  15. loved the closing a lot ..very nice Sumana

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  16. An introspective piece, Sumana. What would we do...

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  17. Good poem, Sumana and I enjoyed the points of view you have highlighted. We harm nature at our peril...

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