Treasure Island

veeraiyah subbulakshmi


The Story Of A River!


That empty river was filled with water,
Running water never stagnant to collect litter,
Clean and clear to see the treasures stored,
Heavy pebbles, the quick fish on the soften rocks,
Green kingdom of algae and their blooms peep,
Dipped into the river to pick up a handful,
Of tiny river sand, suddenly floated along the river,
That drifted and took me to a furlong,
How to swim opposite when the current was so strong,
Shocked, confused and kept the head above the liquid,
I saw myself moving faster with the Mother Nature,
The green wild yam with spacious big leaves,
Where my grannies told that the reptiles hide,
The recently planted teak trees stood still,
The palms were high and full of fruits,
Even one not dropped into the water, when I passed,
Bananas were useless with soft stem,
There was a slanting coconut tree at the brim
Leaned to the river for water and sun,
I held its root as hard as I could,
Reached the bank with joy in a blink,
That river full of water is empty now,
And our farmers not even go out,
To check their handed down plowing tools,
The dried up Tamil Nadu with people with tears,
A nuclear plant is built on its shore.

Submitted: Thursday, September 06, 2012
Edited: Friday, September 07, 2012

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  • Meera Panigrahi (9/11/2012 11:52:00 AM)

    Environmental issues need to be highlighted and I am glad to be reading this immensely sensitive poem (Report) Reply

  • Charles Jagongo Ogola (9/9/2012 2:41:00 AM)

    Very true. Policies should be made to accommodate the interests of all people. This seems to be a problem in many countries especially the third world. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (9/8/2012 11:44:00 PM)

    AR@Alapha Romeo, I do not have to add a pinch of salt to your outburst, as you speak the truth in the crudest manner. India has to change a lot and the notorious policies should be amended to accommodate all people from all states to be treated equal. Our rich people are too rich to control the politics of our country. (Report) Reply

  • Allemagne Roßmann (9/8/2012 6:54:00 PM)

    Nuclear planta will help attackam Tamilam from neighbouring Srilanka(invested by China) planning everytime nuissance beating poor Keralites-fishermen.Their Jesuit white converters who came from Syria and Portugal will not help.Also a centurys sorrow govt.For tears lack of water-Tamil Nadu can drink Keralas God own country coconut water very Vedic and hygienic and in exchange rather deionize some sea water plants for Kerala.Desalinations should actively be also controlled for normal human pH level.So drinking water problem solved.Now is budget for the plant which is always Parliament problem of throwing Hawai-chappals, microphones, chairs tomorrow when the law bans then they will open themselves become nude and fight naked kustis--Rivers are not problems-its the people around riverbeds who thinks it to be Baap ka maal throwing rubbish chemicals all sorts thinking their holy stools are gonna de-effect them.Bad manam-totalam baddah-shoot them all and see if their blood spills enough for the sewerage of rivers helping Indian drinkability since 3500 years... (Report) Reply

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (9/6/2012 7:41:00 PM)

    TAR, Tamil Nadu, one of the state of India is sharing this river with its neighboring state. As the water is controlled in the dams, if there is no sufficient rain and not enough water to release, water would not be released into the river, which is the only source of water for agriculture down stream, where Tamil nadu is located. As we have no water in the river, one of seasonal paddy crop, is halted and our farmers are suffering.
    2. Nuclear plant is another issue and it is built on one of the shores of Tamil nadu's village. Please google River Kaveri and Koodangkulam Nuclear plant and you will come across other useful information regarding this poem. I sincerely thank you for the comments and the inquiry. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas A Robinson (9/6/2012 4:28:00 PM)

    Is the river dry from drought? Does it's flow differ now due to the nuclear plant?
    I liked the part about swimming across the river.
    Sad now just a trickle. (Report) Reply

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