Sathya Narayana

Gold Star - 7,246 Points (12-06-1958 / Nellore, Andhra Pradesh)

Hopeless Pines - Poem by Sathya Narayana

When a pine is felled in the forest
what can the other pines do, but rue...
helplessly rooted to their spots.

They rattle their boughs in scared demur,
rock their trunks as if trying to uproot,
but all in is but the nature's rule
to stand desolate amongst piling ruins
waiting in silence for their turn.

But in what way is a common man
better than the immovable pines
...walking, talking, eating and sleeping
...yet a vegetable enduring
domineering Machiavellians
and living like a forlorn human-pine,
without a fight, bending his spine
by yielding down to ruthless exploitation? !


(The first stanza and the basic idea of this poem are inspired by a sloka (Sanskrit poem) from Ramayana by Audikavi Valmiki)

Topic(s) of this poem: pine

Comments about Hopeless Pines by Sathya Narayana

  • (10/12/2009 12:07:00 PM)

    'Domineering Machiavellians
    Living like a forlorn human pine
    Without a fight, bending his spine
    Yielding down to ruthless exploitation

    excellent work from you!
    i love the way you take life and the living seriously..
    that is sometimes considered naive..i think its very clever to wish and wish again
    to hope and hope again
    i love this poem! ! ! !

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  • (12/15/2008 11:30:00 AM)

    you are compassion personified. how with empathy, you have compared the plight of a pine tree and common man - both victims of human greed and avarice. thanks 10.

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  • (10/9/2008 5:55:00 PM)

    This is have a wonderful way with words. (Report) Reply

  • (9/21/2008 6:42:00 AM)

    Human beings are the worst exploiters.Good work! (Report) Reply

  • (8/30/2008 5:14:00 AM)

    A good comparison: we humans, are just like those pines, and r unable to do anything, with all that is happening around us. Excellent work: -) (Report) Reply

  • (7/6/2008 10:30:00 AM)

    well said. An eyeopener, there is so much to change but we still continue to endure all the unjust actions (Report) Reply

  • (7/3/2008 10:22:00 AM)

    I like this... the concept that even plants have feelings and are able to witness the felling of their companions in the forest. Interesting. HG: -) xx (Report) Reply

  • (7/2/2008 1:48:00 PM)

    Love this.
    '...nature's rule to stand desolate amongst piling ruins'.
    It's WHAT we write that matters, not HOW we write!
    You have beautiful thoughts. Keep going
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  • premji premji (7/2/2008 4:26:00 AM)

    dear Sathya,
    imagine those human pines living in cities,
    who can move around as they like...
    but what they lack is that compassion
    which you explained in the first stanza...
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  • (6/28/2008 11:15:00 AM)

    I was wondering why the first and second verses were so different. Then, when
    I read about the reference to the previous poem, I understood. This is a chance
    you take when doing this. I thought you did your best to hold them together but
    the connection is still a loose one. No one is going to complain about it though.
    It is still very clear and readable.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 28, 2008

Poem Edited: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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