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The life of a Leaf

Updated on January 7, 2015
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Why these ups and downs ?

Why not springs and rains ever ?

I hate this scorching heat !

This cruel and hard winter !

She thought of cool breezes,

So enchanting smell of soil !

Bathing carefree in the rains,

Oh ! life was so blissful !

Now she is dark, dull and pale,

And her grip is going weaker,

Afraid she would fall off any day,

She waited and prayed hard.

But the inevitable came in time,

Soon, the Autumn saw her,

Both were destined to meet,

One to pack up,other to take along.

The same winds were so harsh,

She couldn't resist much,

And the Autumn fell on her,

She was torn apart and swept away.

She lay still on the ground,

To be thrashed by the winds,

To be trampled upon under the feet,

And to be merged into the soil.

She wondered about life !

She thought of afterlife,

Perhaps at some other point,

Destiny would again make her a leaf !


A Leaf Tells All

When I watch a leaf,

My mind wonders at her life,

How perched happily she was,

on the very supportive branch.

Dark green and very beautiful,

So strong to face the storms,

And how cheerful countenance !

She always smiled with the winds.

The Sun joyfully shined on her,

Every ray entered her soul,

She waved and danced,

Her friends teased her.

She loved to see the spring,

Her face brightened up more,

Down was such rainbow of colors,

She felt her life is such a joy !

Not aware of the summer,

She laughed day in and day out,

She trembled to face the heat,

And her face turned so hot.

When clouds appeared above,

She danced so fast with joy,

When rains washed her face,

The moments cheered her soul.

She was so relaxed after,

But shivering was in waiting,

She was scared in the cold,

She cursed her existence.


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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      I must say, this was beautiful! Life of all organisms on earth go through this life cycle. We go through hope and misery, ups and downs. Sometimes wonder "what's the point", next moment we live in happiness. I sure hope that we all one day become a new "leaf":) voted!

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Thanks kerlund74 for voting and appreciating the poem. Life is such a wonderful play for us to experience and relish that the more I think about it, the more pleasure I get out of it. You are right, we experience both heat and cold in our life and savoring all, we get on. As regards the last sentence of your comment, all I can say is - Amen ! All happiness and peace. :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You have a true poet's imagination and view of life. Very lovely work.

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      Brenda Thornlow 3 years ago from New York

      Beautiful poem, Harishprasad. Very touching. Voted up!

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      I'm so glad to have received such a beautiful comment from you. Bill, your words are so valuable for me and constantly encourage me to keep trying to improve on my writing skill. Thanks a lot for your gracious presence and comments. All peace.:-)

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      BK42author, so kind of you to have stopped by and appreciated this poem. Thank you. Much peace.:-)

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      Dana Tate 3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      You did a wonderful job expressing how leaves aren't just plants but also life. When you called the leaf a "she" you put a face of her. Well done

      voted up!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Beautiful poem, with vivid imagery. Great write.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I loved this poem Harishprasad. You gave the leaf real emotions and thoughts of life and death, similar to what most of us go through. It was a wonderful comparison and food for thought as to is there a life after death. Voted up.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Dana, so nice of you to have stopped by and commented so beautifully on this hub. You are right life throbs in plants too. I love them with all my heart. Thank you for appreciating the poem. All peace.:-)

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Nithya, it felt good that you liked this poem and offered such nice comments of appreciation. Thank you very much. All peace.:-)

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      So nice of you, John to have appreciated this poem. You are right, the question of mystery behind afterlife has been ever engaging one in all ages. Thank you very much. All peace.:-)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautifully written and the effect of a leaf falling and blowing away makes it feel so much alive in your free flowing words.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      What a wonderful comment ! Thank you Devika for appreciating the poem this much and your kind words. All peace. :-)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      There are some deep thoughts involved in this beautifully expressed poem! I t does make sense to compare a leaf with life.

      Beautiful poem!

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      ChitrangdaSharan, it occurs to me sometimes that Mother Nature has all secrets hidden in her bosom. Perhaps she wants to have silent dialogues with us ! Thank you for appreciating the poem and kind comments. All peace.:-)

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Lovely. The life of a leaf!

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Thanks Nadine for stopping by and appreciating this poem.All happiness and peace. :-)

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Beautiful poetry. Well versed. Jamie

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      I'm so glad to have received your beautiful comment. Jamie, thanks a lot and all happiness and peace. :-)

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      wOw!

      very creative piece. Don't we see most of that in human life? I love the way you twisted and turned with this wonderful piece and the question it leaves in my mind. Just like the leaf, we come to go and be trampled upon to be forgotten.

      "So enchanting smell of soil !

      Bathing carefree in the rains"

      well written line. good job

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Alexander, so kind of you to have visited this hub and presented such beautiful comments. You are right that this poem echoes our life. Thanks for appreciating it and also thanks for follow. You are such a fantastic poet, it'll be my pleasure to follow you. All peace.:-)

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      Vidya Mallar 3 years ago from India

      Beautifully written Harish.. The life of a leaf is so simply presented....you have a bright future in poetry..God bless..

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      So kind of you to have visited this hub and commented so nicely. As for poetry, thanks for compliment. Here on hub pages, very eminent poets are writing so beautiful poetry, including you. I'm on the way of learning from them a lot. Vidya, thank you very much for your support and appreciation. All happiness and peace. :-)

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Beautiful poem harish, I notice leaves too, and I can totally understand what you mean, wonderful!

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      I'm so glad to have received your beautiful comments. We all, even plants, animals and things are so intricately connected to each other that we all can be called "relatives ". Though we humans have languages to express, others need our feelings to understand them. Isn't it very interesting ? Nell, thanks for appreciating the poem and your kind comments. All peace.:-)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Your words are life. Nature inspires us to reach beyond our present understanding of living. Blessings!

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      So kind of you to have graced this hub with your beautiful comments. You are right everything around us is whispering so much to us; only thing is to lend our ears to them. Thank you very much, teaches 12345.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Beautiful write! The cyclical nature of it is particularly effective I think!

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Audrey, so kind of you to have graced this hub with your words of appreciation. Thank you very much, my friend. :-)

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      This is so beautiful my friend! How creative each line is. Our imagination is a gift and one that you use brilliantly!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Only a true poet could have so vivid an imagination to pen such an awesome poem.

      Brilliant, and how well it relates to our life!

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Audrey, I'm so glad to have received your nice comments on this poem. These comments are like a treasure to me coming from such a distinguished person like you. I sincerely value your words. Thank you very much for appreciating the poem and your very kind comments.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Rajan, it felt nice that you liked this poem. Mother nature is great and tells us so much even without uttering a word ! " True poet " ? lol.....I think this compliment is too generous on your part and I 'm really grateful for your nice comments and appreciation of this poem. Thank you very much.

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