Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

(6 June 1799 – 10 February 1837 / Moscow)

The Upas Tree


Deep in the desert's misery,
far in the fury of the sand,
there stands the awesome Upas Tree
lone watchman of a lifeless land.

The wilderness, a world of thirst,
in wrath engendered it and filled
its every root, every accursed
grey leafstalk with a sap that killed.

Dissolving in the midday sun
the poison oozes through its bark,
and freezing when the day is done
gleams thick and gem-like in the dark.

No bird flies near, no tiger creeps;
alone the whirlwind, wild and black,
assails the tree of death and sweeps
away with death upon its back.

And though some roving cloud may stain
with glancing drops those leaden leaves,
the dripping of a poisoned rain
is all the burning sand receives.

But man sent man with one proud look
towards the tree, and he was gone,
the humble one, and there he took
the poison and returned at dawn.

He brought the deadly gum; with it
he brought some leaves, a withered bough,
while rivulets of icy sweat
ran slowly down his livid brow.

He came, he fell upon a mat,
and reaping a poor slave's reward,
died near the painted hut where sat
his now unconquerable lord.

The king, he soaked his arrows true
in poison, and beyond the plains
dispatched those messengers and slew
his neighbors in their own domains.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: tiger, tree, death, rain, alone, dark, sun, world, running

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (The Upas Tree by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Return Of The Chariot, Naveed Akram
  2. GETTING READY, Terry Collett
  3. Trampled, Edward Kofi Louis
  4. Upon You!, Edward Kofi Louis
  5. En route 1, Framarz Bagheri
  6. Seed, Agboyi Felix
  7. In Times Of Need, Edward Kofi Louis
  8. En route 2, Framarz Bagheri
  9. One Day, Cee Bea
  10. Aa Laut Chalen Phir Gharon Mein, Bano Ali

Poem of the Day

poet Joyce Kilmer

(For the Rev. James J. Daly, S. J.)

Bright stars, yellow stars, flashing through the air,
Are you errant strands of Lady Mary's hair?
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. Cleanliness and Happiness, chandra thiagarajan
  5. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  8. Stars, Joyce Kilmer
  9. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  10. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]