Somanathan Iyer

A Hot Summer Afternoon

A hot summer afternoon nature wore a deserted look
Naked trees water less river dried lake and thirsty throats
The sun was severe the heat was horrible signaling a drought
Perched on a leafless tree a lonely bird singing a lifeless song
The sound was rhythmic not known whether that was a song or scream
The winds from the hills with rocky smokes moved like waves
Dazed cattle with nothing to graze dozed under open shades
Drowsy humans afraid of heat napping in their roofed comforts
Perched on a leafless tree a lonely bird singing a life less song
Old men seated on their cots gazed the skies to read timing of rains
Youth seen celebrating wedding of giant frogs for pleasing rain Gods
women listened verses from scriptures in praise of rain Gods
Perched on a leafless tree a lonely bird singing a lifeless song

Submitted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Edited: Friday, October 25, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Hot Summer Afternoon by Somanathan Iyer )

Enter the verification code :

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (10/17/2013 3:30:00 PM)

    Perched on a leafless tree a lonely bird singing a lifeless song
    All efforts to get rains seem to be on the surface. Nice poem showing the reality of the situation. (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

New Poems

  1. Is poem everything?, gajanan mishra
  2. Universal Creed, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  3. Chalo na phir shuruyaat krte hai, Ajeet Singh Dhruv
  4. Kaise mai ye likh deta hoon! !, Ajeet Singh Dhruv
  5. Final Frontier, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  6. Doors Of Destiny, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  7. Reproductions Through Music, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  8. Safest place, gajanan mishra
  9. To whom I am going, gajanan mishra
  10. In The Process Of Existence, Naveed Akram

Poem of the Day

poet Emily Dickinson


"Heaven"—is what I cannot reach!
The Apple on the Tree—
Provided it do hopeless—hang—
That—"Heaven" is—to Me!

...... Read complete »


Modern Poem

poet John Burroughs


Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]