Yasmeen Khan


The Bare Tree


In the chill of night I stand and gaze
My boughs bare sway in haze
The last fallen leaf still at my bole
Lies curled sighs at Fate’s scroll
The days are gone when I was clad
My splendor green and spring’s fad
When birds’ songs filled my heart
With pleasure deep tunes of all sort
Straw by straw they built their nests
In my leafy lap stayed blessed
My leaves kissed by gentle breeze
And washed by waters of heavenly streams
When sun showered his rays of gold
I was crowning beauty of the forest old

Then came in autumn stealthily down
My green charm lost ripped off my crown
Ruined choirs that late birds sang
On sprays and twigs where blossoms hang
Now I stand stretching my leafless arms
Longing for springtime all lost charms
For dainty boughs bursting in blooms
Wails piteous for wind-blown leaves’ doom

Not mine is the grace of an evergreen
With her proud crest a forest queen
In me you see the twilight of such day
Which is slowly by night taken away
Yet I let not melancholy devour me
I wait patiently for spring’s lively spree
My heart be pierced by rapturous songs
Leaves’ flutter delight of flowery whorls
Emerald branches waving to wooing skies
In mystic sheen a kingly sight!

Submitted: Sunday, November 17, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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  • Silver Star - 9,299 Points Akhtar Jawad (9/13/2014 9:23:00 AM)

    Yasmeen's high imagination, lovely description and perfect personification has created a marvelous work of art. i (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Doris Cornago (12/30/2013 8:55:00 PM)

    Yes, I agree totally, a fine written form, but already worn imagery. How about a refreshing insight on dying, anybody? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Doris Cornago (12/30/2013 8:52:00 PM)

    I totally agree. This is indeed a well written poem but already worn imagery. How about a new perspective on dying, anybody? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 726 Points Hans Vr (11/24/2013 4:44:00 AM)

    Wow, this is wonderful. I really enjoyed very much reading this poem. It flows like a river, it sounds like music and it touches the heard. Excellent. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,133 Points Dinesh Nair (11/19/2013 7:38:00 AM)

    A very powerful poem with beautiful rendering style. The diction is amazingly apt and a clean 10 out of 10 goes here for you Yasmeen (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Geetima Baruah Sarma (11/18/2013 1:44:00 AM)

    Optimism beautifully portrayed through these lines...
    'Yet I let not melancholy devour me
    I wait patiently for spring’s lively spree' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 696 Points S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (11/17/2013 5:01:00 AM)

    I havent read a better masterpiece personification of d tree.. Jasmine! How u say n mean, 'leafy lap for nestlings', wow creative! Im so impressd by dis poem i vote 10, ah but yor poem wil b d evergreen tree. (Report) Reply

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