Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon


Tree 2 - A Tree Is A Teacher - Poem by Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

A tree is a teacher!
An adorable teacher!
Attractive, with serene demeanour,
Arresting, with captivating posture,
Composed and collected with a
Cool aura of sweet eloquence,
Commanding with majestic presence,
Commendable silence of dignity!

A tree is a sincere teacher,
Allowing and instructing the world,
To learn and strive,
To make persistent effort,
Without a murmur,
Without a word,
To discover one's own potential,
To discover the inner beauty!

A tree is a spiritual teacher! Learn from them!
And receive their wisdom with grace!
Unmoved,
Even if cut by a woodcutter's axe;
Unscathed,
Even by the scorching heat of the sun,
Undeterred,
Even by those who pelt stones at them!

A tree is an honest guide!
Nothing to hide,
Never worried,
Never tired,
Never tensed
Ever calm and tranquil,
Ever contemplating on the
Eternal cosmic Architect!

A tree is an unerring witness,
A witness who perceives the truth,
A knower of secrets,
A personification of wisdom,
A silent spectator,
A tree cut is a truth erased,
A vital green wiped out,
A secret forever closed!

Topic(s) of this poem: nature, tree


Poet's Notes about The Poem

By looking at a tree, i have learnt many things. Truly, a tree is a teacher.

Comments about Tree 2 - A Tree Is A Teacher by Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

  • Bharati Nayak (7/5/2017 11:43:00 PM)


    Through this poem you pay your tribute to the Tree as well as the teachers who give so many things unselfishly.
    A great poem, thanks for sharing- - - To quote from this wonderful poem- - -
    A tree is a sincere teacher,
    Allowing and instructing the world,
    To learn and strive,
    To make persistent effort,
    Without a murmur,
    Without a word,
    To discover one's own potential,
    To discover the inner beauty!
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    Geeta Radhakrishna Menon Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (7/6/2017 3:25:00 AM)

    Dear Bharati,
    You are right!
    This poem is a tribute to a tree as a teacher.
    A noble teacher knows only to give and give.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment Bharati. Stay blessed!

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  • (5/3/2017 2:31:00 AM)


    If only we were more like trees
    The world, a better place would be.

    You have given our life giving trees the attributes and honored place they well deserve.
    This poem, so pleasant and so well written.!
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    Geeta Radhakrishna Menon Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (5/3/2017 9:32:00 AM)

    Thank you so much, Sandra, for stopping by to read this poem.
    Truly, a tree is a teacher. I have learnt a lot from the trees.

  • Amar Agarwala (4/4/2017 8:15:00 PM)


    Trees are friends, guardians, teachers and they play so many roles... the cruel and brutal cutting down of trees is the greatest sin. I find it unbearable... and pray that it stops. (Report) Reply

    Geeta Radhakrishna Menon Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (5/3/2017 9:39:00 AM)

    I wish people would realise what a blessing it is to have trees around us.
    Just two days ago, i saw a flowering tree being cut. The sight filled me with
    such sadness.
    Thank you Amar for being a friend of the trees.

  • Geetha Jayakumar (4/4/2017 9:47:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem. A tree is a teacher, which give shades to many. Loved the concept. Thanks for sharing with us. (Report) Reply

    Geeta Radhakrishna Menon Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (4/4/2017 12:13:00 PM)

    Thank you Geetha. I am so happy that you liked this poem and its concept..
    God bless.

  • Glen Kappy (12/22/2016 9:10:00 AM)

    A Tree is a Teacher
    geeta,

    i myself have attempted something like this poem of yours but not completed it. in the town of corrales, nm not far from me, there are gnarled and twisted cottonwoods on either side of the road which make me think of wise elders.

    the earliest experience i had that i think of as spiritual was when i saw, really saw- as for the first time- a tree- a tree as a living being.

    two poetic references: are you familiar with joyce kilmer's poem trees? - if not, i think you'll like it. and are you familiar with the sonnet by e.e. cummings which begins, i thank you, God, for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue rue dream of sky... - if not, another poem i think you'll enjoy it as well.

    for beauty,

    glen kappy
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    Geeta Radhakrishna Menon Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (4/4/2017 12:20:00 PM)

    Dear Glen,
    Thank you so much for this exhaustive comment.
    I learn so many new things from you.
    Just like the tree being a teacher, you too, are a teacher.
    Yes! Some trees do look like elders or wise men standing with dignity.
    i have read Joyce Kilmer's poem trees but not Cummings poem. I shall read them.
    Thanks again, for sharing so much of information and knowledge.
    Stay blessed always.

  • Vaidyanathan Ram Iyer (9/28/2016 12:19:00 AM)


    Yes mam, the tree is a teacher and doctor too, nice to read,10. (Report) Reply

    Geeta Radhakrishna Menon Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (4/4/2017 12:10:00 PM)

    The tree is a teacher as well as a doctor.
    So true, Ram. Thank you so much

  • Akhtar Jawad (8/2/2016 11:44:00 PM)


    A tree is the best friend of humans, a teacher is similar to a tree. t was tree beneath that Buddha was enlighten.
    A great poem by Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon.
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    Geeta Radhakrishna Menon Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (8/3/2016 9:19:00 PM)

    My gratitude and thanks to you Sir for your very valuable response.

  • Tapan M. Saren (7/27/2016 7:55:00 AM)


    So beautifully written...! (Report) Reply

    Geeta Radhakrishna Menon Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (8/3/2016 11:15:00 AM)

    Thank you, Tapan. Glad that you liked this tree poem.

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/14/2016 7:57:00 AM)


    Nature teaches a lot! ! Thanks for sharing this lovely poem with us. (Report) Reply

    Geeta Radhakrishna Menon Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (7/16/2016 11:58:00 PM)

    Thank you, Edward for your lovely comment as well.

  • (6/29/2016 10:01:00 AM)


    Hi Geeta,
    Hope you have read/heard of this Malayalam poem:
    thaan kotum veyil kondittum
    thanalekunnu thai maram.
    thaniykku veezhcha vannaalum
    nee anyannu thunaykkanam.

    This is the hardest lesson we should imbibe from the great teachers named trees. The trees, for that matter, all the plants, make the fruit, most often sweet and juicy, only for others to enjoy. And those who enjoy the fruit of their labour do not hesitate fell them, without a reason. And more often, the fruit is the reason for their demise.
    Very thoughtful poem from you philosophical pen. Thank you.
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    Geeta Radhakrishna Menon Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (7/17/2016)

    Thank you for sharing the Malayalam poem as well as your valuable comment.

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (9/11/2015 11:01:00 AM)


    Truly, there is a lot to learn from trees,
    Always towards its goal, never complaining, calm, always giving and offering
    A lovely poem indeed......10
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    Geeta Radhakrishna Menon Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (9/27/2015 11:34:00 AM)

    Thank you for reading the tree poems and understanding the philosophy that they preach through
    their dignified silence.

  • Kelly Kurt (9/9/2015 9:18:00 PM)


    Absolutely wonderful, Geeta. I am now off to read part 1 (Report) Reply

    Geeta Radhakrishna Menon Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (9/10/2015 9:15:00 AM)

    A bouquet of thanks to you, dear Kelly, for reading Trees Part 1 & 2.

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (9/9/2015 3:16:00 PM)


    A tree is a teacher
    dignified silence!
    Silently, moving towards a goal
    A tree is an unerring witness...... Dear Geeta, you bring in wonderful thoughts. i imagine that i sit under the shade of a big tree and meditate all these ideas you wrote. soo fine Geeta. thank you very much
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    Geeta Radhakrishna Menon Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (9/9/2015 9:16:00 PM)

    Thank you, Dr. Tony! So nice to sit under a tree and have wonderful thoughts!

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 21, 2016


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