To a Tree

RathnashikamaniStarred Page By Rathnashikamani, 27th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/_tju0ywp/
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Global warming and climate changes are the two issues for the living planet.

We are often worried at the global level about the urgent need of protecting the environment from the ill effects of deforestation and sinking water bodies.

This poem is written in gratitude to the plant kingdom that protects the life on Earth.

To A Tree

(A tribute to the Tree kingdom)


O Tree of branching family and ancestral roots!

I wish to be buried
Under your shadow when I die
FOR
I have lived on your fruits
Meeting my corporeal needs

Let my ligaments and vessels be criss-crossed
With your circuitous roots in depth
To replenish your lost luster
For I have been using up your live bone & flesh

Let my red-blood be your chlorophyll-green
For it flew in and vivified my body

Let the gray matter of my human nature
Replenish the gloss of your pulpy fruit
For I dwelt on your green & lush growth

Let my soul sink into your roots
To grow through your flowering stamen-semen
Into another tree of leaf & fruit
For the tired and hungry

And let the cavities of my calcic skull
Comfort your seedlings
And give them motherly support
And hold water to satiate
Their bursting thirst

Thus, in gratitude,
I like to be
At your foot
At my best.


Image by Rathnashikamani

To A Tree

(A tribute to the Tree kingdom)

O Tree of branching family
and ancestral roots!

I wish to be buried
Under your shadow when I die
FOR
I have lived on your fruits
Meeting my corporeal needs

Let my ligaments and vessels
be criss-crossed
With your circuitous roots in depth
To replenish your lost luster
For I have been using up
your live bone & flesh

Let my red-blood be
your chlorophyll-green
For it flew in and vivified my body

Let the gray matter
of my human nature
Replenish the gloss of your pulpy fruit
For I dwelt on
your green & lush growth

Let my soul
sink into your roots
To grow through
your flowering stamen-semen
Into another tree of leaf & fruit
For the tired and hungry

And let the cavities of my calcic skull
Comfort your seedlings
And give them motherly support
And hold water to satiate
Their bursting thirst

Thus, in gratitude,
I like to be
At your foot
At my best.

Image from Wikimedia Commons on public domain : by Espalier fruit tree at Standen, West Sussex, England by Graham Bould

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author avatar Denise O
28th Feb 2011 (#)

What a very nicely written poem, on giving back to what sustains you. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
28th Feb 2011 (#)

Denise,

Thank you for the understanding.

I'm glad to get recognized by you.

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author avatar D in The Darling
1st Mar 2011 (#)

You give writing a life. This is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
1st Mar 2011 (#)

The trees give me life that has given life to my writing so you gave a thought to my tree and I thank you for all that, dinthedarling!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
7th Mar 2011 (#)

A very good tribute to trees, they give us so much, food, shelter, shade, and we often give them no thought at all.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
7th Mar 2011 (#)

Hello Mark,
Your comments add value to my work. Thank you for the recognizing.

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author avatar Shaun Jarmen
10th Mar 2011 (#)

This article has life in it.
Well done.
We all have to do out part to embrace life's gifts.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
11th Mar 2011 (#)

Jarmen,

Thanks for the sentiment expressed and I agree.

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author avatar Eric
14th Mar 2011 (#)

Nicely written. Reminds me of "The Tree" by Joyce Kilmer.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
26th Mar 2011 (#)

Eric,

Thank you for the comment.
I didn't know about Joyce Kilmer, but I just saw his poem "The Trees". It's really a wonderful poem.

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author avatar Dafeenah
25th Mar 2011 (#)

Beautifully written. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
26th Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you Dafeenah.

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