Saturday, 4 April 2015

When Man Becomes God

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That huge mass of soil

Floating on the water

All on a sudden

Began to tree

A man who was the god

Was behind it

He was alone

No angels were with him

And neither was any devil

Good for him

He was the father

And the mother

Of that barren land

That became

An emerald island

That now chirps and twitters

Runs with deer feet

Roars in a tiger voice

Trumpets in joy

And plays with the sun

And the moon and the stars

 

*A little more than 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav "Molai" Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India's Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavor, so he moved to the site so he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acres of jungle that Payeng planted — single-handedly. Source

 Posted for Poetry Pantry @ Poets United

38 comments:

  1. It's amazing what one person can do to change the world...thank you for sharing his story so finely

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  2. A beautiful tribute , may we have many people like this man and beautiful people like you to appreciate them

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  3. Love this kind of stories Sumana! Dedication at its most spectacular but remained unsung until brought out into the open. Wonderful write!

    Hank

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  4. How important are those take up the fight for nature on their own regardless of the foolishness of others.

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  5. a very inspiring story, love what people can do.

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  6. This story awes me, Sumana. We often think as individuals we are powerless to make much difference, and this story of Jadav disproves that fact. Makes me wonder....just where should I start! (Perhaps each of us has yet time to bury some 'seeds.')

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  7. Thank you for sharing the story of this remarkable man.

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  8. wow, what an amazing story ~ showing that the divine in each of us can be put to good use.

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  9. A very fine poem depicting Nature... love the images that you have painted through your verses! Absolutely remarkable!
    xoxo

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  10. To be both father and mother to a barren land is a solemn responsibility!

    Whirligig Bits and Pieces

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  11. This is remarkable! Lovely tribute :)
    xoxo

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  12. Very nice theme. This actually reminds me of a book I was reading to my daughter yesterday, about two kids who transform a garbage dump into a lush garden.

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  13. Beautiful legacy he leaves behind, a lush greening world. Would that more would do so. But then, we poets do as we plant our word seeds everyday. This gives me hope, thank you,

    Elizabeth

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  14. A fabulous tribute to this man who made the earth sing again where he lived.

    Donna@LivingFromHappiness

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  15. i luv these amazing stories, enjoyed your poetic presentation. here in Trinidad there is a temple built in the sea by a man who had a dream and he accomplished this bucket full by bucket full
    http://wikimapia.org/1705050/Siewdass-Sadhu-s-Temple-in-The-Sea
    http://myblog-lunchbreak.blogspot.com/2012/03/wild-fowl-trust4.html

    Happy Easter

    much love...

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  16. I have watched the video about this man, so humble, doing what needs doing and healing the land. He shows just how much one person can do. We need a billion of him. At least. I love the poem you wrote about him, Sumana. Nice to read about people like him in these times.

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  17. Truly an inspiration for many.

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  18. Wow, that is incredible. I wouldn't have even thought a sandbar was capable of sustaining that. Amazing story!

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  19. Oh my gosh, Sumana!! Proof that just one person can make a big difference! What lovely words to show gratitude for such a person. I love the imagery you've created. Thank you for sharing such an uplifting story today :)

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  20. Initially, your title made me scared but going through the entire piece I have found the intention of the man as quite adorable & inspiring. Thanks for the telling, Sumana! Happy Easter!

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  21. Let's unite our voices for these unsung heroes; This reminds me of those famous lines, " jadi tor daak sune keu na aashe, tabe akla chalo re"....so nicely penned★

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  22. What an inspiring read, Sumana. His dedication brings hope to all, to make a difference.

    Happy Easter.

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  23. I love this. I wrote a poem about him too some time ago. How wonderful to know some people make a difference almost effortlessly.

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  24. Sweet - another poem to light this day.

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  25. what a difference one person can make. A lovely and inspiring poem.

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  26. Beautiful poem, Sumana, Just wondering, if each family had one environmental activist like Jadev!

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  27. Kudos to the man... the mission and to you for bringing the truth ...
    so beautifully! Inspirational lines!

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  28. Wonderful poem for an amazing person.

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  29. What an inspiring write! Thank you for sharing..

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  30. wonderful that a few still care about the living and breathing of nature enough to lend a hand.

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  31. We are the created and the creator...
    ZQ

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  32. Wow...if everyone was so dedicated....what an example for us to follow our dream...Thanks for sharing, Sumana x

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  33. so cool how some people use their gifts

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  34. i love the descriptions of the island....you take us there with your words. wow at this poem. one of my favorites from you!

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  35. What an awesome true story. It reminded of the quote: mighty oaks from little acorns grow.

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