The Lone Tree

The lone tree

Standing alone

But standing tall

Shrivelled and stripped

Yet strong as a wall

 

They laugh at me

The greens in the distance

Huddled warm together

They pity my existence

 

Well-nourished they seem

In the company of their own

While I struggle for a drop

Chipped, flaked and wind-blown

 

To tell you the truth

I was green as well

Then a season swept by

And took away my shell

 

Now I burn in the heat

Waiting for the cool night

Then I shiver in the dark

Wishing back for sky bright

 

But a bird dwells in me

It flies far and wide

It tells me many tales

It’s my only friend and guide

 

You can fly, it assures me

So I stretch up on my toes

My roots scream, the earth cries

I’ll have to stay that shows

 

It pushes me to try and jump

And touch the glowing dots

To beat my branches in the air

To rise and untie the knots

 

I know I’m not made that way

But the fool knows that not

It fills me up with so many dreams

Now dreams are all I’ve got

 

I survive my days

Look down with hope

Want to fly for sure

Glide down that slope

 

But the roots hold me down

So I pray day and night

For a storm to pluck me out

And give me that flight

 

The bird calms me down

Do not despair, it says

Roots give you strength

To fly there are still ways

 

Spread your seeds in the air

Let thoughts grow their wings

Sow versions of you around

Imagine there are no strings

 

Imagine! There are no strings, indeed… says the bird that’s my heart.

© Sundaram Chauhan

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  1. Yayyy!! New Sundaram poem. I got so excited hahah 😀 😀 Great great work. Love anything that has to do with nature. I especially loved this verse: ‘Now I burn in the heat, waiting for the cool night, then I shiver in the dark, wishing back for sky bright.’ It’s a perfect depiction of how so often we blame other external factors for our misery and suffering, when in reality the problem is within us… Great work my friend! ❤

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      1. Haha nooo on the contrary I thoroughly enjoed it. Breaks always do us well, they’re a breath of fresh air, a new start! They clear the mind a bit. Plus, it’s about nature!!! 😛 I’ve been doing okay. It’s a strange phase for me. I’m doing a bit of inner discovery at this time in my life.. Trying to see what really matters to me, and what I should change… It’s a difficult, but at the same time great phase! 🙂 I hope you are doing well as well.

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      2. Yes Evana… doing well…and i believe, for the thinking individuals, self-discovery never really ends. And your poems are so honest, and reflective of your inner conflicts. Hope you win over this phase, and come out stronger and wiser. And anyways you are wise for your age, I have told you before…take care…

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  2. “There are no strings, indeed… says the bird that’s my heart.” – sometimes we believe our hearts want the impossible. If we give it a chance perhaps we can make it possible.
    An uplifting poem.

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  3. BE-AU-TI-FUL! Beautifully imagined, beautifully penned, a message beautifully sent across! I can just read, re-read and go on reading this in a loop! Great work! loved it – toh-tah-ly! ❤

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  4. Lovely poem! Too often we might naively wish for a storm to come and pluck us up from our roots–as if that would solve our problems. I love that it’s the bird (who is really the narrator’s heart) who brings both the dreams and the wisdom to fulfill them.

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