Summer Nights

January 23, 2014


Summer Nights

Under the oak tree grandmother sits calmly, and we surround her
Eager eyes, inquisitive faces, and abundant glee
We listen to her anecdotes -
Of her youthful days of yore; of love and war;
Of kings and the British;
Of traditional games that exist no more.
Grandmother tells us the secrets of the stars;
Of the lonely moon's beaming bright;
And stories of knights and princesses who live there
In the land of the sky.

Summer nights are here
Dazzling moonlight and twinkling stars above our heads
And grandmother's garden spreads a myriad of enchanting perfumes.
Fireflies raise a kindling chorus
The gentle wind's breeze echoes rhythmically to the merry ruffle of the dancing leaves
In the distant hills. we see thin red lines of fire flickering.
Grandmother sighs helplessly,
"In the hills, they cut trees and make wood for living."
Do they see the moon and the stars?
Do they sit under oak tree with their grandmother?
Do they have such joyful summer nights?
Shall we go to the hills and tell them grandmother's stories?
Grandmother smiles,
"They will bow down to you; serve you delicious food; and sing and dance for you."

The moon comes out of a pair of floating clouds.
The sky renders a sparkling spread - A shelter of hope.
Grandmother walks away for her slumber.
And we are awake.



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Comment on this article

  • Ibo , Bangalore

    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    Thank you everyone!

  • Albert Gonsalves, Mangalore/ UAE

    Wed, Jan 29 2014

    Beautifully composed, well done, keep it up.

  • John DSouza, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 24 2014

    The summer nights and winter days are cool
    Now we enjoy only the hot days through out
    Past history and lost time never rewinds back
    Joyful or not joyful, mere memories of lost life
    Why to lose today, thinking of gone yesterday

    Now mobile occupies with pressure and tension
    Fuel contributes costs, pollution and tragedies
    Taste of life has changed like flavour of cricket
    From a test match to one day or 20 overs game
    Fast, dynamic and unpredictable New Economy

  • Agnello, Mangalore/Muscat

    Fri, Jan 24 2014

    Pure Nostalgia ..

  • Summer Nights, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 23 2014

    Lovely poem Ibo

  • jdsouza, dubai

    Thu, Jan 23 2014

    Superb Iboyaima. You took me to my childhood days. Being grown up under the open sky with moon & stars a plenty I miss all that charm here in Dubai. Keep writing.

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