Sunday, September 25, 2005


Last week was the official advent of Fall here in the US. That brought back memories of a poem I wrote a few years ago. The inspiration was the tree in our front yard that had performed its annual striptease to mark the season...



The majestic tree looks so forlorn today
As its last leaves ever so gently fall
Denuding as the season changes
Heralding the end of Fall

The start of the season saw the tree aglow
Swathed in the glorious colors of Fall
Its leaves painted in scarlet and pink and gold
Its beauty held people in thrall

Now that the skin of leaves has peeled off
Its body is as bare as a skeleton
The branches are bony limbs of wood
Scrawny fingers of twigs at the end

And as the chilly wind blows through the air
It bares its naked branches to the cold
Defying the winter to bring on the snow
Alone and vulnerable, but bold


At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice Balaji.

At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely poem.. I saw it in your old website too..

At 2:48 PM, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Very nicely written. Yeah its true that even here in California Bay area, in certain areas there are signs of fall.

I feel sad myself to see the trees lose their leaves and gradually become naked.

Nicely written poem Sir. Keep up the good work and why not write more.!

BTW is this right:

Heralding the end of Fall

Shouldn't it be Start of Fall??
Pardon me if I read it wrong.!

At 3:36 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

anon, sk, raju, thanx :)

narayanan, thanx! the compliment means even more coming from a pulavar like you :)

regarding "Heralding the end of Fall", what i meant was that the leaves have all those colors at the peak of Fall and start losing the leaves only towards the end of fall. So i considered the start of the falling leaves as heralding the end of Fall. hope it makes sense :)

At 5:22 PM, Blogger Krish said...

Kavignare, "ilai udhir kaalam" pattriya kavidhai pramaadham :-)

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