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

Here I struggle for a drop

Chipped, flaked, 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

Awaiting cool of night

Then shiver in the dark

Wishing for sky bright


But a bird dwells in me

It flies far and wide

It tells me many tales

My only friend and guide


Fly Fly – it sings to me

I stretch up on my toes

Screaming roots snap in pain

I’ll have to stay it shows


It squawks at me to try again

And touch the glowing dots

To beat branches in the air

And untie all the knots


I know I can’t do that much

But the fool knows that not

It keeps filling me with dreams

Now dreams are all I’ve got


I survive all the dreadful days

And look out with some hope

Can I really fly up there?

And glide down that slope?


But roots firmly hold me down

So I pray all day and night

For cruel winds to pluck me out

And give me once 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. Beautiful words! Standing alone ,tall like a wall takes courage and resilience. Like your lone tree…like nature against humanity! Beautiful and inspiring! Loved this one!

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  5. 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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