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Gulmohar : The Benevolent Prince

Updated on May 14, 2012
A Gumohar tree
A Gumohar tree | Source
My sparrow form, maybe
My sparrow form, maybe | Source

I remember a tall gulmohar tree right beneath my flat balcony in another city where I lived for many years. A veritable giant of shade and cool, it still stands tall over a carpet of orange blossoms it shed repeatedly. It might have shed a billion flowers during my stay there, and yet never had I seen it barren. Now that I'm of age to understand the silent message it passed on, the essence of rebirth and its significance, I revere it in a new light. This piece below is my tribute to a long time friend who taught me so much through his silence.


Stooped atop a bramble, the sparrow,

Eyes the conqueror's shade,

A young prince, he, untamed,

Flicks gold morsels on curved lane narrow,

A thousand suns, adorned, weakly fade,

New dawns follow his offerings so famed.


A carpet of saffron, a tint of yellow,

His parceled love in packets of hope,

Shed in extravagance o'er a muted land,

His message to raise spirits turned mellow,

His gifts to a world that piteously copes,

Of a thousand suns lost to grief at hand.


The sparrow, in avarice, seizes a branch,

Her careless perch tosses further gold,

The prince smiles in windy charm, rich wistful mirth,

His crown he promises the polished ranch,

Bountiful cheer, long decades old,

A thousand faded suns echo the joyous cry of rebirth.


P.S.: I consider myself the sparrow, greedy to experience even an ounce of the thrill of giving.

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      PennyCarey 5 years ago from Felton

      Loved it. :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      What a magnificent tree, it is beautiful. I love your poem, so much of nature offers messages we can learn from.

      Pushing many buttons here.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      What fantastic use of personification! Lovely!

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      silverstararrow 5 years ago from India

      PennyCarey: Thank you so much for stopping by. I'm glad that you liked my hub. :)

      Rosemay50: I'm a nature lover and most of my poems reflect that. Everything in nature teaches us a valuable lesson; the difference remains in the way we perceive it.

      I'm happy that you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for reading and commenting. :)

      Rahul: Personification is one tool that when used in the context of inanimate objects/silent animate ones can help convey a much deeper meaning. The tree was something much larger than life itself, at least for me.

      Thank you for taking the time to read this poem. Again, I'm flattered that you liked it enough to comment.

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      cruelkindness 5 years ago from an angle view.

      Fluent words of color in the attitude of the sparrow. Great Poem!

      The photo is so awesome, the sparrow carries himself like he knows he is so cool!

      cruelkindness (Subliminally Thoughtless)

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      silverstararrow 5 years ago from India

      Thank you for reading and commenting, cruelkindness. Indeed the sparrow does look a little self-satisfied.

      Your feedback is really appreciated.

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