Treasure Island

Vijay Sai

(30 12 1975 / Trichy, South India)

Broken Buds


As beautiful as a butterfly,
As busy as a bee,
As cheerful as a singing bird,
We were all these till this day,
When we were teased by the hands of the golden evil,
What sin had we done?
Why did you choose to embrace us?
You clipped our wings before we could fly,
You slit our throats before we could sing,
You disturbed our hive before we could collect nectar,
You shattered our dreams before we could make them come true,
Sweet bunch of roses we were in the garden,
You stopped us before we could blossom,
We have heard you spread light and remove darkness,
We haven’t heard you could even spread darkness and remove light,
No matter whatever you had done to us,
We are not sad,
We are very happy here, for we are not alone,
We are united and our bondage is strong,
No one could dare to pull us apart,
We are lucky to have our lessons in open,
We can’t be put under thatched roofs,
We can fly like a butterfly,
We can sing like a bird,
We can be as busy as a bee,
Sweet bunch of roses we are in the garden,
For heaven’s sake, no one could stop us from blossoming.


*Innocent children were learning their lessons in a school, put under cramped roofing. It was unfortunate that they became a prey to heavy fire, which took a heavy toll on them, feeding on them mercilessly. The poem ends with a note saying that atleast the children be united and cherish their unfulfilled dreams in so called heavens garden.

Submitted: Monday, June 15, 2009

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  • * Sunprincess * (12/15/2012 10:27:00 AM)

    oh dear this is so sad, sure these chidren are at heaven's gate with
    the children from our school's tragedy yesterday..this is a very touching
    write..may the children rest in peace. :) (Report) Reply

  • Sanjay Mehta (9/7/2012 1:32:00 AM)

    concerns reflected are genuine and in our country this is an normal feature. Being consumed naturally hurts but the degree is a bit less, unnatural tragedies do send shivers down the spine but follies on part of mankind and not learning from the said follies is really disturbing. Emotions in consonance with the souls who left. I too invite you to share my emotions in 'Death II (Report) Reply

  • Karla Bell (4/17/2012 2:17:00 PM)

    I wasn't sure what this was about, I thought it was about innocence being taken away, but it was purer than that, it was the innocence of childhood.... Very sad and moving and I so enjoyed reading it... thank you (Report) Reply

  • Kebe Iwara (4/5/2012 1:25:00 PM)

    'Such delicious solitude' interrupted by the one who prances to and fro the earth aimlessly. Though the devil thought for them only mere 'garlands of repose' on their graves, their innocence which is a full shade like a sturdy blooming tree can never be taken away. This poem reminds me a lot of andrew marvel's poem 'the garden'. Most of all, the language was well proportioned to the theme. Excellent modulation throughout the poem. Piquant expressions. It deserves rave reviews. I was considering putting up a poem of similar nature when u invited me. Its strangely similar. I'l do so now. It's titled 'another epistle to death'. (Report) Reply

  • Martin O'Neill (2/16/2012 4:45:00 AM)

    A sad, sad tale with your compassion written plain across the page. Thank you for the details. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Brock (4/21/2010 8:14:00 AM)

    The mothers and fathers cry to heaven. Children our precious ones. The tears I cried for them and the smile of your ending. Beautifully done, passionately conceived and fully realized. A very powerful poem.

    thanks for sharing
    michael (Report) Reply

  • Anand Madhukar (9/15/2009 10:55:00 AM)

    A beautiful write, filled with the strength that hope brings. The best of yours that I read tonight. (Report) Reply

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