Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi

Experiences Really Matter! ! - Poem by Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi

A little human wandered around the thoppu as she liked,
The clusters of banana pulled the trees to slant and strike
Tall and wide badam trees sheltered the squirrels and mynas,
Thousands of fish having their swimming practice in the school of pond,
Fast growing egg plants and lady's finger looked at her lovingly,
The diet trimmed asoka stood at the perimeter elegantly,
She was just an adventurous girl, walking on her own bravely,
Grandfather's coconut started to bloom and fruit recently,
The areca nut colored the trees with deep red hue, brightly
The companion betel leaves climb to show its green creeping,
The river was filled with water only six months a year,
The rickety bridge had lost few planks during last storm and thunder,
She saw the people walked and gathered on the other side,
Four people carried something on their shoulders and cried,
then they placed the stretcher of palm leaves on the pyre,
Flowers were strewn on the thing that was kept in there,
Someone lit it and it started to burn from small to big,
Everyone turned to return back to live their dreams,
that little girl ran back to inform what she had seen,
loving crowd at home shocked to listen to her summary,
that little girl recorded that clearance in her memory.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

thoppu means a small plantation in Tamil.
Badam is almond.
asoka is polyathia longifolia.

after a heavy meal, Indians like to chew the betel leaves, areca nut and a little bit of lime, which is calcium hydroxide.

Comments about Experiences Really Matter! ! by Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi

  • (5/20/2012 12:57:00 PM)

    moments in time change lives.... well told story. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 20, 2012

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