The Walnut Tree Poem by Amar Agarwala

The Walnut Tree

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As I passed my wicket fence
The ageing walnut tree,
Showered me with withered leaves
And said something to me;

That it stood since ages past
But I had never seen,
Crimson light upon its leaves
Thus how twilight had been;

I glimpsed not the sparrow's nest
That lay upon its bough,
Few spotted eggs closeted
Though which the night winds plough;

Neither I the twitter sweet
That morning brought with it,
Nor did I the moon savour
And how the stars were lit;

Felt no spring nor summer heat
Hues autumn ever passed,
Soft snow upon its branches
Know how sweet nuts amassed;

Had I known the squirrel small
That in its hollow stayed,
A smile would cross my dried lips
Under its dappled shade;

It said I need pause beneath
It gnarled and shrunken stem,
Inhale a puff of fresh air
And lightly say ahem;

I could not make much of this
Until it whispered soft,
It knew the angel of death
Who paid a visit oft;

The angel had confided
Of men whose days were few,
My name too she uttered
Something I never knew;

The wisely tree then advised -
That I take heed of days,
See the world with different eyes
And change my baffled ways;

Knowing soon my time would lapse
I now bask in the sun,
Glimpse the trees and hark the sounds
That I had never done;

Strange I find some precious time
To kiss the balmy air,
Immerse myself with loved ones
Indulge in that I care;

Late I am for having missed
The best life had to give,
Sadly spent my living days
Not knowing how to live.

The Walnut Tree
Friday, January 8, 2016
Topic(s) of this poem: lifestyle
Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 03 April 2017

Trees are a fascination. They live long enough to witness many tales. I loved your walnut tree, Amar! The wisely tree then advised - That I take heed of days, See the world with different eyes And change my baffled ways; As i have titled one of my poems, the tree is truly a teacher. They are like the wise Sages of india who endow you with spiritual knowledge! The Walnut tree deserves full marks.

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Amar Agarwala 03 April 2017

i am so happy that you liked this poem... happier still that you could identify it with such deep spirituality. In the times and world where we live, there are only a handful who think about trees and care about nature. Appreciation from a poetess of your caliber is always so special and motivating. I wonder if the genre of - Elegy Poems - interests you. Would then like to send you a few from my Anthology of Dark Poems titled - ELEGIES - published in November last year. Thank you much Geeta... for your kind words and time! Warm Regards.

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Savita Tyagi 03 April 2016

Beautiful poem to read. We all have spent our days in a hurried lifestyle but you have taken a pause to realize it. The result is this lovely poem with wonderful imagery. Thank you for sharing. Enjoyed it very much.

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Amar Agarwala 04 April 2016

Thank you so much, Savita... for reading my poetry and liking it. Always a pleasure to get a few words from you. I feel inspired by your verses... as you write so beautifully. Warm Regards,

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Palitha Ranatunge 28 February 2016

You are amazingly clever. I know you write these poetic lines in one sho, without editing. Once Plato said, a poet writes his poetry possessed by gods, effortlessly. Likewise I feel, through my experience, you may have let the pen to write, once it is finished you must have amazed how you have written it. Don't you agree my friend?

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Amar Agarwala 13 March 2016

Dear Palitha, I do, and thank you for understanding this so well. I appreciate your time and effort in reading and liking my verses. I too have read your pennings and found them wonderful. Thank you Friend!

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Kumarmani Mahakul 09 January 2016

See the world with different eyes And change my baffled ways; ...Very wise and interesting imagery is drawn here in this poem with reality. Marvelous sharing done really.10

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Amar Agarwala 09 January 2016

Dear Kumarmani, Thank you for finding the time to read my verses. Your comments are most inspiring and encourages the poet in me. Grateful for it!

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Ratnakar Mandlik 08 January 2016

Beautiful and intimate relationship of the poet developed with the walnut tree is superb. Thanks for sharing.10 points.

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Amar Agarwala 09 January 2016

Dear Ratnakar, Thank you for reading and appreciating my verses. Am grateful!

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