Arti Chopra

(16 Nov 1953 / Jammu)

A Walk In Longwood Gardens


As I walk through the wooded autumn forest,
and take in the awesome humbling beauty, of a scene,
painted with the myriad colours of nature's pallette,
I am overcome yet again, with a speechless wonder
at the soul uplifting serenity and restful ambience...
I am overcome with a deep joy....

as I inhale the fragrance of the falling autumn leaves
and savour the satisfying springiness under my feet,
and drink in the cleansing and purifying air under the trees,
and wonder at the perfection of the beautiful flowers in every hue and colour
I am like a child with a new toy

as I marvel at the variety and vastness of the plant world
at the perfection of every tight bud and every leaf unfurled
at the shapes and the sizes of every plant and every shrub
at the array of flowers displayed to perfection in a pot or a tub
I close my eyes and listen to my brain which cajoles me to enjoy

as I feel the green spiky grass cushioning my eagerly wandering steps
the butterflies fluttering about and the birds singing as if in duress
the children running and skipping with arms stretched wide
the branches of the fruit rees bowing as if to hide
the bountiful harvest of ripe and glistening fruit
I am speechless with the wonder of it all

If the maker can make it all so beautiful
how much beauty would be in Him
if his creations are so peace giving,
how much serenity would dwell in Him,
and I close my eyes and pray
and thank him for giving us this wonderful earth
where we dwell..........
this environment is for us to enjoy
the.the trees are not to fell
the forests our our national heritage
not to colonize and sell.....
so protect our natural bounty
guard it jealously and well....

Submitted: Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Edited: Friday, October 15, 2010

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  • Freshman - 1,817 Points Bri Edwards (7/5/2013 11:21:00 PM)

    beautiful walk you are sharing with us. i had to look up cajole because it didn't seem like a good choice, but i found that there were several definitions and i was thinking of the one regarding deception.
    the poem is very nice and i appreciate it a lot, but i do find that there are several errors in typing....either by you or done mysteriously by poemhunter, as i know from personal experience sometimes happens.

    here are areas i am referring to: fruit rees .....and...... the.the trees are not to fell ..... and.....forests our our national heritage (are OUR?)

    as for your glorifying God.........: perhaps God deserves the glory for the things you describe because you believe He created them (i am on the fence about that; i am agnostic/atheist) . but what should one think about
    God if we also credit Him/Her? with war? yes, i know some people will say PEOPLE have free will and they create war. ok. how about tornadoes/monsoons/hurricanes which cause destruction and death? how about rattlesnakes and cobras which kill and maim humans? how about car accidents which are not blamed on humans but which injure/kill humans and destroy property? how about lightning which kills and burns, etc etc?
    see what i'm getting at? ? ? but thanks for sharing. you have been lucky to have the opportunity to enjoy nature. and we have been lucky that you have shared nature with us. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Tranquil Ocean (10/12/2006 2:07:00 AM)

    Arti...A well penned poem which takes the reader along on a beautiful nature ride.
    Just felt that the last two paragraphs did not fit into the rythm of the poem...your first three paras..the last line ended with the same rhyming...if you had continued in the last two paras...it would have made a great poem perfect.
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