Anita Atina


Heralds of spring


A warm evening
Traffic buzzes over
An endless highway

The bare kesu tree sighs happily
As white storks alight
Folding noiseless wings

Orange flowers bedeck
Winter-stripped branches
Storks rest, nodding at the hardy tree

As birds return to colder lands
This humble tree, flowers early
To herald the onset of spring



Note: The humble and hardy Kesu tree [Coral/ Butea Monosperma] is commonly found on roadsides in India. Kesu flowers are bright orange or purple, with long and thick petals - look like semi-spiralled daisies!

Submitted: Friday, March 13, 2009
Edited: Friday, April 03, 2009

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