Shahzia Batool

(Pakistan)

A Fruit-laden Tree!


This thought is upon a fruit-laden Tree
Whose fruits and shades for all were free
It looked at many a rich harvests
Experienced many a droughts
It bore the pangs of scorching sun,
Raining, hailing and snowfall
It witnessed the reigns of many a kings
it sung the notes of many a seasons
Heard moral tales of rise and fall
It was the friend of the big and small
It read of many a coup de tat
Seeds and tender infant plants
Grew under its cool and bounteous shades
Many a travelers took rest and relief
Under its fertile boughs and leaf-arcades;
Last night, the death angel claimed its claim
Now tender plants will grow in pain
Face to face with sunlight and rain
But, the up torn tree will never be rooted again!

Submitted: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Edited: Monday, July 22, 2013

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On the sad demise of my uncle who passed away last night at a time when he was about to be an octogenarian...(R.I.P) ! ! !

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  • Rookie - 709 Points Ken E Hall (4/18/2014 10:58:00 PM)

    Clever look at life just leaving our memories as the years condemn we soak the pain and cry inside...enjoyed the structure of the poem...regards (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 19 Points Muhammad Ali (2/2/2014 12:56:00 AM)

    it is sad. and it is always. and forever and the picture you made. i hope the small plants will grow into the big trees... best wishes (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 19 Points Hina Narjis (12/1/2013 7:50:00 AM)

    Seeds and tender infant plants
    Grew under its cool and bounteous shades...
    Now tender plants will grow in pain
    Face to face with sunlight and rain...
    It's sad reality of life...My dad was A Fruit-Laden Tree 4 me...May the Almighty give me strength n courage 2 b the same tree 4 others... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 19 Points Mohabeer Beeharry (9/7/2013 8:47:00 AM)

    The poem was getting ever so happy, then suddenly there is that dark angel
    Oh why?
    But the entire piece portrays life
    However good, or great we are, the end will come sometimes.
    Well done.
    Just brilliant

    Mohabeer Beeharry (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 19 Points Sun Shine (8/30/2013 1:30:00 AM)

    lost time can never b found again... memories are painful...

    beautiful description in the memory of a Person who lived so long and made place in every heart! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,081 Points Geetha Jayakumar (7/25/2013 12:00:00 PM)

    Yes, torn tree will never be rooted again...A Wonderful tribute, may his soul rest in peace. Thank you for sharing this beautiful write. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 446 Points Tribhawan Kaul (7/24/2013 11:17:00 PM)

    Great tribute to you dearest uncle. The eldest head is like a, as Ramesh Rai Ji has rightly said, like a banyan. tree. which provides shade, protection and allows smaller plants to grow under its wings. Great write. May God rest his soul in peace. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 234 Points Shahzia Batool (7/24/2013 12:44:00 AM)

    Thank you Wahab bhai for the comment, in the quoted lines, READ (pronounced-RED) as in past tense, it is in consistency with the verbs used in the past tense. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 751 Points Wahab Abdul (7/24/2013 12:32:00 AM)

    ''It read of many a coup de tat
    Seeds and tender infant plants
    Grew under its cool and bounteous shades'' look again in these sentenses there is a gramar issue and you use the word ''shades '' twice which mars the quality of the poem of your standard, a poetess with great potenciality, thank you for sharing this beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 81 Points Vizard Dhawan (7/22/2013 3:10:00 PM)

    so sad knowing the terrible thing
    may he rest in piece
    a nice tribute with great moving words (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 81 Points Chetna Sharma (7/21/2013 11:41:00 PM)

    Beautiful analogy Shahzia! Elders in the family are like strong rooted trees adn we enjoy under their shade. Without them its indeed tough same like tender plants who now have to face the harsh sun adn we the new gen has to face life and its challenges (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,474 Points Tirupathi Chandrupatla (7/21/2013 9:52:00 PM)

    Each of our elders define a tree. We grow comfortably in the shade nurtured by the fruits. When the tree is gone we get exposed to the heat of the sun. Nice poem to share all your feelings with others. May his soul rest in peace. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,474 Points Sun Shine (7/21/2013 2:59:00 PM)

    An empty space which is created by his death cannot be filled again-a sad news indeed! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,587 Points Valsa George (7/21/2013 4:12:00 AM)

    A touching tribute to your dear uncle! We can never forget those people who served as beacons of light on our path! A poem so warm with emotions! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 705 Points Sallam Yassin (7/20/2013 3:09:00 PM)

    this great tree give and not asking back
    and your Uncle- may Allah makes him lay in peace in his heaven as he passed away in holy month of Ramazan
    I see how you were so close and connected with each other and your piece has very deep sense of great lost
    But I am sure you will pass with the faith and bless of great family that you have I wish and pray for you and your family to be blessed with love God (Report) Reply

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