Poem: A Cautionary Tale

September 2, 2011

It was the month of May,
I was walking along a bay.
Interestingly I encountered a tree,
It had volumes to tell me.

I made a move towards it,
An experienced,aged tree was it.
The tree looked sad and pale,
For it had a cautionary tale.

Crammed with fear and dread,
It expounded what lay ahead.
Beginning with hay day youth,
It said what's been the truth.

I enjoyed over the years,
Now I evoke the memories in tears.
O mortals, you caused the destruction,
You began the domination, hurry up in reaction!

I sensed the dead air,
While the world loitered unaware.
O mortality, rise up from your slumber,
Protect your mother earth; else you'd lose her splendour.

By Ashwin Rebello, Trivandrum
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Comment on this article

  • freddiesj, mangalore

    Fri, Sep 30 2011

    Very beautiful. very moving. Very challenging. If only we had that sensitivity towards every plant, every bush, every tree, every living being, this earth would indeed be a paradise. Ashwin, thanks.

  • comment,

    Tue, Sep 06 2011

    hey dude a good one ..but how to upload peoms on web pages pl tell me if u have got an idea.....

  • Mitha,

    Tue, Sep 06 2011

    Good Work Ashwin, but also a very painful for a tree lover like me, I wish everyone realises how selfless is the love of nature for us and what it is receiving from man in return,im sure he will never realize till complete destruction.

  • Owin Rebello, Gangully

    Sat, Sep 03 2011

    dear brthr ashu...suppperb...nice writng re...gd,if possible thn ill put this in our church buletin k...al the best brthr...

  • Rafisaab, Riyadh-KSA

    Sat, Sep 03 2011

    It's touching ....I don't see any huge trees here in Middle east but still I remember those while I was working on site at small villages....I simply smile with so much of love ....Your peom has so much information....Please carry on....Thanks.....

  • Ronnie Prabhu, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 02 2011

    It's late night as I read this poem. The first thing I'll do in the morning is to go out to that big tree that seems to be calling me from a distance through my window, and I will listen to its cautionary tale, crammed with fear and dread.. and be woken up from my slumber to the dire need to protect mother earth...Thanks, Ashwin.

  • Lancelot D' Costa, Mangalore / Abu Dhabi

    Fri, Sep 02 2011

    A nice one Ashwin...really you need reader's encouragement to keep it up...continue writing...all the best!!

  • Vijay Prabhu SJ, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Fri, Sep 02 2011

    Dear Ashwin, hearty congratulations. I liked your poem for content and style and relevance. Vijay SJ

  • Rony Pais, Mysore

    Fri, Sep 02 2011

    Hi Ashwin, great piece of work. Good rhyme pattern.Yes, its high time that we realize our battered relationship with nature. I see in you a budding Hopkins who like him sees the grandeur of God in nature. God bless your work and you, to write many more.

  • Anthony, Pune

    Fri, Sep 02 2011

    Ashwin thanks for spreading the message of "SAVE EARTH" it is indeed a lovely poem which carries a serious message.

  • Bro. Lancy Fernandes S J, Jeppu/ B lore

    Fri, Sep 02 2011

    Nice serene thoughts. Keep it up, ashuu

  • Lumnesh, Bangalore

    Fri, Sep 02 2011

    Very true.
    I encourage you to keep writing and provoke many minds to react to the realities around.
    May you experience the splendour of God's creation as you continue writing. All the Best

  • Rayan Lobo, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 01 2011

    Excellent Aswhin.... Keep Writing...I will be looking forward for your writings

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