Treasure Island

Bhaswat Chakraborty


Holding the seas, boasting the mountains
You invaded the sky with grace and glory
Tolerating the wild, keeping all terrains
Mother earth, what is your story?

The brutes, the beasts tear you apart
You smile and watch in quiet silence
They quarry, they blast your tender heart
Whence do you find (such) abiding patience?

You mentor the growth of all of life
Alike – gentle or rough, feral or tame
You nurture the seed, you foster the strife
You devour the dirty, you support the lame
You secure the weak – compassion’s allegory
Tell me mother Earth, what is your story?

Mother, do you cry for the modern man?
You precocious yet short sighted child
Developments of all sorts he would plan
At any obstacle, he is riled
Blind sighted, he’s ruined your balance
But he would deny that in legal parlance
His liberalism hides his greed so well
At any hint of guilt, he’d yell
Mother, you protect him too, and his factory
Tell us dear, tell us your story

Mother Earth, tell us your story
Of your love and of also your fury!

Submitted: Monday, September 14, 2009

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  • Jen Capaldi (10/11/2009 5:46:00 PM)

    a very observant and cleverly written narrative poem about the conservation of the earth and the damage we do unwttingly to harm it every day. the personification of the earth potential thoughts and feeling used in this poem is fantastic. the drive behind the poem is very insightful. well versed and well written, my friend. absoutely a 10++++
    Jen (Report) Reply

  • Ratnaprabha Raykar (9/23/2009 6:32:00 AM)

    this is an elegant piece on mother earth ur personification of mother earth makes it very hearttouching. i too have written a poem on mother earth, please read and comment it (Report) Reply

  • Rup Pokharel (9/21/2009 8:45:00 PM)

    If the Mother earth would hear the language we speak, see the activity on her lap
    i would tell her to sense the following lines first;

    Mother, do you cry for the modern man?
    You precocious yet short sighted child
    Developments of all sorts he would plan
    At any obstacle, he is riled

    Good art.10++ (Report) Reply

  • Lady Grace (9/19/2009 7:04:00 AM)

    earth..oh earth
    your ground is rich
    fertlized and cultivated
    for our needs.. (Report) Reply

  • Ken E Hall (9/18/2009 3:08:00 AM)

    The earth's autobiographry spelt out as it is the truth great poem
    realy telling man he better watch out++++10
    regards (Report) Reply

  • Aparna Sinha (9/17/2009 10:48:00 PM)

    oh..One of the best so far!
    points for beauty- 10/10
    points for wisdom- 10/10
    points for captivating text- 10/10

    A lovely poem (Report) Reply

  • Opeyemi Borisade (9/16/2009 9:25:00 AM)

    Well written! Great rhyming pattern! Above all, concept, word coinage, progression... excellent. Thanks for the invitation Bhaswat. (Report) Reply

  • Noel Horlanda (9/16/2009 2:50:00 AM)

    This piece is well written. It comes out from the heart, love and dedication of mother earth is all there. This piece points out what man and beast have done to earth's environment and yet she (earth) remains quiet until her patience runs out and releases her fury and vengeance. A good one indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Matt Mooney (9/15/2009 6:01:00 AM)

    Brilliant exposé.It has to be said that man is his own worst enemy.He destroys his own future. You have only to think of nuclear power and it makes you think about the meaning of intelligence i.e intelligence used to self destroy.Climate change was never factored into massive industrial and technological development. (Report) Reply

  • John Mcmanus (9/15/2009 4:31:00 AM)

    a very graphic poem about how man treats the land that has nutured and protected him, I give it a 10. (Report) Reply

  • Indira Babbellapati (9/14/2009 10:33:00 AM)

    mother earth time n again does tell her storry...of her bliss as well fury. we r insensitive listeners, aren't we? (Report) Reply

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