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Dr John Celes

(14-2-1957 / Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India)

The Seed


A seed
A bird had swallowed
While in fruit,
Had fallen in some rocky land
As Bird-droppings,
And sprouted into
A lovely tree,
With massive trunk
And boughs with verdant leaves,
And luscious fruits
As birds built nests
And wayfarers had shade from scorching sun!

A seed
A farmer sowed
In fertile land,
Ploughed by oxen
And sweat of brow
’neath scorching sun,
Did sprout also:
But ceased to grow
And withered
As the rains had failed
That year!

Although in both the cases
Seeds seemed similar,
Why did the farmer’s toil
Didn’t fructify?
Perhaps,
The bird had gulped
The best of fruits with seed
That grew despite the rocky soil!
Perhaps, the farmer’s work
Remained by God
Unblessed!

Man’s selfishness
At times ruins his labor great!
The heart of man matters!
Each seed
That’s sowed on earth
Grows by Heaven’s decree!

Submitted: Thursday, May 12, 2005
Edited: Thursday, May 06, 2010
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  • Pradeep Dhavakumar (5/12/2005 6:12:00 PM)

    I like the way the poem is written but the meaning is not solid. The probability of a seed growing in rocky land may not be zero but it is very minute, compared to that growing in fertile land, so as to offer as a solid case of divine intervention. Exceptions are always there in everything... If rains fail most plants will die, irrespective of its soil type, rocky or fertile doesn't matter. It is just science. Nice attempt though. Thank you. (Report) Reply

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