Treasure Island

Ramesh T A

(28th August 1950 / Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India)

A BATTLE BETWEEN NATURE AND MAN CONTINUING...!


Cold snow mountains silently sitting as meditating sage
Eternally remain as fixed trees growing in the forests!
Melting ice in the spring time flows in cascading falls
From the high mountains down the valley as rivers;
As brooks and streams to start with the rivers slowly
Become broad as big ocean only to mingle with it soon
At the end of journey benefiting plants, animals and men!

Not only the rivers but also the trees, flowers and fruits
The more they are plucked they more they grow for others
Till the full span of life everywhere in the world we see!
Rich green forests are the source for attracting rain ever;
All kinds of animals live there contributing to ecology
In recycling resources for the fertility of the soil to grow
Plants, trees, shrubs and grass for feeding the animals
To transferring energy from the Sun to all living beings
For survival and their activities enriching the Earth ever!

Nightingale sings its own song to its heart’s content;
Parrots make sound of their own with full of freedom;
Peacock beautifully dances with all its feathers open;
Deer leap over meadows taking food as they please;
Swan swims musing over its own affairs with ease;
Dolphins come very close to the shore and play joyfully;
Whales let out held breath as steam engine lets out steam;
All creatures of Nature dance to the tune of Nature ever!
Tigers and lions hunt other available animals for survival;
Salmon fish to fulfil its destiny swims against odds;
Oyster makes pearl within out of a dropp of rain;
Fighting against drought and dangers they all survive
And do fantastic jobs with all their limitations ever!

Higher form of animal, man to overcome difficulties, has done
Many wonderful things of inventions and creations for long;
With technology and economic thoughts he advanced materially
And lives life entirely disconnected with Nature or animals;
To win competition and win wars he even excelled animals!
Exploiting Nature long for raw materials, energy and food
Man looks for other planets to satisfy his needs on the Earth!
Losing touch with Nature and destroying art and culture
In the West man has become machine-beast-man now;
In the East by corrupt politics he has become inhuman creature!
His animal warring nature has not changed in the least yet
He endlessly fights among them and tries to excel Nature!
In the war between Nature and man who will be the winner?
Man or Nature – that is the question remains to be answered!

Submitted: Monday, August 10, 2009
Edited: Monday, August 10, 2009

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  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (10/13/2009 5:49:00 PM)

    In the war between Nature and man who will be the winner?
    Man or Nature – that is the question remains to be answered..................loser will be humanity and racer as it may face extinction...nature can not be won over by simple destruction....iloved the theme and pooem.....10

    read mine global warming.....should we die (Report) Reply

  • Andrew Blakemore (8/10/2009 2:25:00 PM)

    Let us pray that nature is the winner and that man learns to look after the natural world instead of trying to ruin it. Great poem Ramesh. Best wishes, Andrew (Report) Reply

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