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The Semal Tree ( The Bombax )

Updated on April 9, 2016

Strong yet Soft

How I longed to be a Semal on days,
Of the year that teased me all along,
To face pricks and adorn the spikes,
On chest and stand like the giant guy.

Who can move his feet from the soil,
Where on earth any soul could catch ,
The space of heart that sheds shawl,
And glows crimson love on his cheek.

A devil enticed by a wise carpenter,
Bazil attempts to escape from his fist,
Semal laughs and keeps door shut,
I too want to humble evil in my mind !

How he stands as king of an empire !
I look at leaves and twirls they make,
The Semal sneaks hopes in my heart,
Birds go flitting from bough to bough.

When I admire little lilies and roses ,
The Semal takes it all in his stride,
He waves at me, whispers with love,
I drink nectar from his grand gaze.

Like leaves, I have to shed all fears,
To plant pleasures like his flowers,
Embrace him to absorb the power,
Bear with the bristles with all love.



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      Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Beautiful poem on semal tree. The tree looks very beautiful during February and March with only flowers all over it. It is such a wonderful scene to observe. You have glorified it with your poem and weaving a message from it. Enjoyed a lot.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Lovely poem Harish. I have never heard of a Semal tree, but I am sure it is beautiful.

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      Devika Primić 13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautiful tree and I have not heard of this tree. You surprised me on this one! A lovely poem to remember this tree.

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful

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      Harish Mamgain 13 months ago from India

      Yes Venkatachari M, I so enjoy its beauty in the spring season. How large and dominant is its whole existence. One feels like a kid in its company. I like its large red flowers. I appreciate your kind comments and am glad to know that you too enjoy its beauty. Thank you very much.

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      Harish Mamgain 13 months ago from India

      John, The Semal Tree is also known as Silk Cotton Tree or The Bombax. It is mainly found in South eastern countries. India is also its home. I learn that it is also found in some parts of North Australia. Yes, it is really a very beautiful and huge tree. Thanks for appreciating the poem.

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      Harish Mamgain 13 months ago from India

      Devika, this is indeed a beautiful tree. I love its awesome being. I'm glad you liked the poem. This poem is a tribute to this very magnificent tree. Thanks for your visit to this hub.

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      Harish Mamgain 13 months ago from India

      Thank you Eric, for appreciating this poem. Trees are akin to humans. I know some of them and when they flower, they are worth-watching.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      The flowering branch on the tree is beautiful. I have never heard of a semal tree. I don't think we have them in America. Lovely poetic tribute to your tree.

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      Harish Mamgain 13 months ago from India

      Ruby, this tree is very large and it's red flowers are huge but very beautiful. I love this tree. Thanks for your visit and kind comments.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I've never heard of that tree but it is lovely, and I love that it signals the approach of spring, and I especially love your poem about it all.

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      Harish Mamgain 13 months ago from India

      Thanks Bill, I love trees and am pleased that you liked this poem. Thanks for visiting the hub and offering your comments.

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      manatita44 13 months ago from london

      Strong, hopeful and with a great message and inspirational too. Excellent poetry!

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      Harish Mamgain 13 months ago from India

      Thanks bro manatita, for stopping by and appreciating the poem. Trees 're our silent friends. I love them.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 13 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most wonderful poetry. Enjoyed.

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      Harish Mamgain 13 months ago from India

      Thank you Gypsy, I love the presence of a wonerful poet like you on this hub.

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