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The generous and the selfish

Discussion in 'Poetry' started by Malathijagan, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. Malathijagan

    Malathijagan Silver IL'ite

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    The generous and the selfish


    Oh mighty tree! How barren ye stand, this wintry day,
    While mortals, we, are wrapped up full,
    In Clothes all warm, to keep away chill.
    You shed thy leaves and give thine warmth
    To the bare feet of men, Poorer amongst us,
    While we greedy men
    Grab all the wool from yonder sheep
    To keep us warm and snug.

    Oh lofty tree! How proud you stand, flowers all in bloom,
    All through the spring, spreading thy fragrance to one and all,
    And we petty mortals, care not at all,
    We squeeze them in bottles to be sold as perfumes
    For the exclusive use of a privileged few.

    Oh generous tree! You stand so tall
    All full of leaves on a quiet summer day,
    We hapless men stand almost bare
    To shove away the scorching sun’s glare.
    You give us fruits, so tasty and sweet,
    They tickle our taste buds and make us go crazy!
    And yet we men, we merciless men,
    Cut down ye trees to fulfill our needs, Oh what a pity!
     
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  2. Padmash

    Padmash Platinum IL'ite

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    hi Malathi,

    its really great but man has got one habbit of grabbing and snatching which will never change..

    padma
     
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  3. Chitvish

    Chitvish Moderator IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Malathy,
    Your poem is very nice & "brutally frank" !
    You make me feel that we are only survivors from what nature contributes to us !
    Love,
    Chithra.
     
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  4. Sriniketan

    Sriniketan IL Hall of Fame

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    Nice poem!
    It is apt for today's world. it shows your love for the nature and your voice against cutting down trees for our own purpose.
    sriniketan
     
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    chitrajan Bronze IL'ite

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    Dear Malathi,

    If the tree could speak, I am sure it would have showered you with flowers and fruits.

    Lovely one, dear.
     
  6. Malathijagan

    Malathijagan Silver IL'ite

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    Dear Padma,
    Thank you for your comments on this poem.I got an inspiration for this poem from 'Nizim Ezekeil's "On cutting down a tree" which I learnt in school.
     
  7. Malathijagan

    Malathijagan Silver IL'ite

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    Dear Chithra,
    In Darwin's theory of 'survival of the fittest' we humans are doing a great job at the cost of everything else around us! What a pity!
     
  8. Malathijagan

    Malathijagan Silver IL'ite

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    Dear Sriniketan,
    Thank you for your comments. We people can only lament about these things. What else can we do?
     
  9. Malathijagan

    Malathijagan Silver IL'ite

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    Dear Chitra,
    Thank you for your showering me with praise with your beautiful words! But I wouldn't like that to happen,because I love to see the flowers on the trees rather than showering them on me, a hapless lamenter! It brings to me the memory of a hindi poem where the flower seems to speak through the poet- "Let me not decorate the tresses of beautiful lasses/Rather I would prefer to be a wreath on a soldier's coffin/to be strewn along the path which the soldiers march!
     
  10. sujathae

    sujathae Senior IL'ite

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    Dear
    Malathi aunty,
    I'm Akshatha(Sujatha's daugther). I liked ur poem very much. It was wonderful!:2thumbsup: I too love trees and nature. it's true that man is very greedy these days . He thinks only about his welfare. He wants everything for himself . Your poem is very realistic in that way. And aunty, my mother showed me ur compliments. Thankyou so much.


    love,
    Akshatha
     

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