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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Kevin Patrick (11/18/2013 11:43:00 PM)

    The best poems or any literature for that matter convey the universal themes that transplant any individual from one culture and into another, loneliness and desperation are found beyond every country and language, and the great writers are able to convey universal truth. This is universal a lovely work. (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (11/17/2013 1:13:00 PM)

    @ Valsa George,
    I cannot perhaps thank you enough for the words of wisdom you have left here. These are really priceless!
    I fully agree to your observation, which only shows how deep you look into life's offerings. (Report) Reply

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