When a Big Tree Fell

Nilakshi’s about the fall of a big tree acquires a new dimension on World Environment Day. Simple and soulful verse, it operates at many layers.

My often said
When a big tree falls
There is more devastation
To others than itself…

When a big tree fell

Were you there when
I shook the big tree,
As it fell ferociously,
Tearing, crushing,
Trampling the undergrowth?

When a big tree fell

There was the painful
Ripping off of the vines
That bind, often choke
The grind, the tear,
The uneasy

When the big tree fell

After the cra-ca-cack
Of the branches
It’s agony to stand there and watch
The scatter of debris
Naked roots

When the big tree fell

I tried to salvage
Leaves and fruit
Scattered,
, wrecked….
Moist with the mud
Of hard soil, now soft
With its insides strewn all over

When the big tree fell

I tried picking up                                            
The pulpy fruit but one
It’s was crushed
It called for help
And I slowly turned

When the big tree fell

I took it home
Touched and cleaned
Soaked and petted it
But I knew it would
Slowly go where all fruits go                             

When the big tree fell

I thought that was all
But when I turned
I saw another on the branch
Not fallen or burst
But calling to me

When the big tree fell

Again I went
And got it back
Cleaned and kissed it
Wiped and shone it
And kept it by

When the big tree fell

And then I looked
Out of the window
At the giant vine
Tied to the tree
Wilting slowly

When the big tree fell

It was  an agony
Of sorrows and scars
Of memory and loss
Of years and years
Of mutual trust…

When the big tree fell

I had to rush now
Took some help
Tied the vine
Back in place
With the tree upright

When the big tree fell.

The scars do heal
The vine does shine
The fruit begins
To grow again
With the memory of

When the big tree fell

Now I’m the
Taking care
Watering, weeding
Turning the soil
With purer air

for the big tree tall

©Nilakshi Roy

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Nilakshi Roy

Nilakshi Roy

Dr. Nilakshi Roy, an Associate Professor, of English, at Vaze College, is an academic writer and writes poetry for . Her other writing is chiefly on saris, published in and The Ladies Finger.
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