Khairul Ahsan


A Solitary Flower


Among so many different flowers
In the hilly slopes and the valleys,
Stood a solitary one in the corner,
That singularly caught my eyes.

All the flowers gently swayed alike,
But not all had the same merriment.
Some did it with sprightly dance,
Some like a ritual, as if in a trance.

Butterflies, bees and the dragonflies
All came in groups with no surprise,
Singing their own serenades of love,
To the bright flowers, hovering above.

When all others were frolicking in fun,
Distinctly different was the solitary one,
All the while she was looking at the sun
To collect her nectar, no one had come.

A poet proceeded to her in easy gait,
To take her picture, he couldn't wait.
He knew one day his memory would blur
So he wanted a picture, to archive her.

This picture became a symbol to many
Who were lonely, without a company,
To them it was but a symbol of solitude,
Of a lonely soul marching with the multitude.


Poet's Notes: The idea of this poem came when the poet saw a solitary flower while visiting Nangolkot, Nepal, in April,2012

Dhaka
13 November 2013
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Submitted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Dedicated to all the lonely souls of the world.

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  • Veteran Poet - 3,518 Points Khairul Ahsan (11/21/2014 12:15:00 AM)

    @ Adriana Avila
    Thank you so much for your kind words, I am much inspired, much obliged! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 341 Points Adriana Avila (11/20/2014 2:13:00 PM)

    I appreciate this wonderful, heartfelt poem that you have written, thank you. Only such a poet can search deep within to discover that one solitary flower that was waiting for him.

    AA (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 481 Points Ruma Chaudhuri (5/20/2014 9:24:00 AM)

    Excellent poem.
    Sometimes solitude gives us pleasure. I think so. I also want to be like that flower.
    Beautiful writing. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,518 Points Khairul Ahsan (5/3/2014 9:09:00 PM)

    @ Yasmeen Khan
    I am very much inspired by your comment on my poem.
    Thanks for reading my poem, and I am glad you liked it. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,518 Points Khairul Ahsan (5/3/2014 9:52:00 AM)

    @ Neera Lollbeeharry
    I appreciate your comment on my poem you have so thoughtfully written. Truly inspired.
    Much obliged, many thanks! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,518 Points Khairul Ahsan (5/1/2014 11:32:00 PM)

    @ Pradip Chattopadhyay
    Thanks for your beautiful, poetic words on my poem. A great delight to have received those. An inspiration indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,518 Points Khairul Ahsan (5/1/2014 9:35:00 AM)

    @Cassandra Jasmine,
    Thank you very much for reading my poem, and leaving a comment here. I am inspired by your appreciation.
    Haven't seen a new poem of yours, for too long now. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,518 Points Khairul Ahsan (4/30/2014 3:14:00 PM)

    @ Payal Parande,
    Thanks for reading my poem and leaving a comment there. I am inspired. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anusree Anu (4/28/2014 6:05:00 AM)

    You are very insightful. That is a very beautiful poem.Only a good poet could have found that flower, and spin out such excellent words to describe her. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Julianna A. Laplante (4/13/2014 5:24:00 PM)

    Very nice :) I like the fact that you use unique language in your poems. It gives me a chance to learn something new and give a deeper meaning to your poems. I love writing poems and I hope i can continually get better and poems like these will help me do so :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 11 Points Ruby Mostazir (12/17/2013 2:14:00 AM)

    wow! how nicely you described a Solitary flower (symbol of lonely souls)
    great work simply i liked it :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Claudia Warzecha (12/12/2013 8:19:00 AM)

    I have read some of your poetry and I really enjoyed reading “a solitary flower”. It was a poem that represented humanity as a whole to me. The solitary flower to me represented us going within ourselves, still living within the confinement of earth on one hand, but being free from the attachments of it. I guess depending on the “stage” of spiritual development everyone gets to experience this poem different. It was wonderful. Thank you so much for writing it.
    Claudia (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,518 Points Khairul Ahsan (12/12/2013 7:01:00 AM)

    @Hazel Evelyn Durham,
    Thank you very much for your generous comments. Your high praise is a treasure I would behold for long. It's a great inspiration for me, ma'm! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Martina Danielova (12/2/2013 4:10:00 PM)

    I minded little bit a rhythm of the poem, but i must say a big like for the way you described her and how you saw her. This was so cute - she was like the one who was more shy than bitter, more just lonely and extraordinary than hopeless. I loved it, it touched my heart :) X (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,518 Points Khairul Ahsan (11/28/2013 8:14:00 AM)

    @Susan Lacovara,
    To me, more often than not, one that stands alone is eye catching and beautiful. Your words have reassured me that I am not alone in that stream of thoughts.
    Thanks for your comments which always reach me as an inspiration. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 57 Points Susy Evelyne (11/27/2013 11:05:00 AM)

    A lovely poem with a hint of Wordsworth, I think? I would love to have seen this exotic Nepalese flower! Something for botanists to rave over. I love the description of the insects as well as the flowers. But is there a deeper meaning too? Excellent, Khairul. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 48 Points Erika Wingo (11/26/2013 1:52:00 PM)

    This took my breath away. I especially love the parallel one can draw between the solitary flower and the solitary woman. Lovely work. (Report) Reply

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