kanav justa

(Shimla)

Seeds Of Life


beneath the ground, a solitary seed
no mates are near, he hasn't any
still and slow it rises and grows
that later blooms to flowers many

never does it ask more from the skies
dust and dung is all it need
yet not all grow so proud and tall
thousands like a stream away they bleed

from a minute shell, no one can tell
how it later be a big strong tree
soldiers of this giant earth
no stronger knight your eyes would see

with a man-made axe all comes to end
it's sad that it has to end this way
it's men like us for profit sake
heedlessly with the nature play

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2014
Edited: Monday, February 10, 2014

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wrote it when i persuaded my dad to cut two trees for the wood

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  • * Sunprincess * (3/2/2014 9:26:00 PM)

    .......kanav I LOVE this poem.... and when I saw part of a documentary on the seed vault.... which stores seeds in case of a major disaster or crisis....I had to tell you, cause I know you LOVE to know everything....sure you probably knew this before me...the seed vault stores the seeds there as a duplicate copy and the vault functions like a bank....it is very interesting and it is good someone is looking out for the future....you can know more about these seeds by checking this site... http: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svalbard_Global_Seed_Vault... yes I LOVE all of your poems and I ENJOYED reading this one again....your poems place a big smile on my face :) (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (2/25/2014 8:41:00 PM)

    A nice penning Kanav. Men like us not only axing the trees, in this process we are axing the seed of life. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (2/8/2014 2:47:00 PM)

    okay! kanav, YOU asked for me to next time leave additional (let's say constructive criticism) comments where other readers can see them instead of just sending in message to you. SO, i'll assume it is now okay/ok to copy and paste what i sent as a message the other day....to you now as an additional comment. here it is readers!

    so, kanav, here is the rest of my commenting, sandwiched inside the poem inside brackets..
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    Seeds Of Life
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    beneath the ground, a solitary seed
    no mates near him he got any [[this wording seems awkward to me. maybe i would write 'no mates are near; he hasn't any, ']]


    still and slow it rise and grow [[ i would the verb forms which go with 'it' instead of with 'they', i'e. 'rises' and 'grows']] [[and if 'slow' is describing how it rises and grows, i would use the adverb form of slow, i.e. 'slowly']]

    that later blooms to flowers many
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    never does it ask more from the skies [[doesn't it need rain or snow from the skies? around here, though, i think a lot of the moisture is from night fogs, another thing from the skies. and even if the trees grow using just water that has 'flowed' to them underground after traveling a fair distance, the water at some point came from the skies]] [[ and how about the sunshine? ]]
    dust and dung is all it need
    yet not all grow so proud and tall
    thousands like a stream away they bleed

    from a minute shell, no one can tell [[i like the shell/tell rhyme]]
    how it later be a big strong tree [[it later WILL be? ]]
    soldiers of this giant earth
    no stronger knight your eyes would see

    with a manmade axe all comes to end [[ my online dictionary says man-made ]]
    its sad that it has to end this way [[ i already scolded you for 'no apostrophes'.....ha ha ]]
    its men like us for profit sake
    heedlessly with the nature play [[ i've already implied on the poem's page that not all trees are cut 'heedlessly'.
    kanav justa [[hey! this is your name. how did it get in the poem? ]]

    thanks again for sharing. :) bri i wonder: would you have minded if i put all of these comments where other readers could see them? ? i'm just trying to be helpful, like i will expect you to be when i start writing poems in 'your' language!
    SEND MESSAGE bri :) (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (2/7/2014 8:57:00 PM)

    kanav, i saw one of your comments after another poet's poem; that reminded me i wanted to take some of my VALUABLE time to look at one of yours.
    it is true that sometimes mankind has devastated parts of the environment with no apparent concern for the future well-being of people or their surroundings. of course profit is often the motive of these foul deeds! but that is how men/women make the money to buy their food, clothes, vacations, college educations, drugs, mansions, etc. etc. should we REALLY blame them? (that was a little tongue in cheek, BUT not completely)
    thanks for the rhymes. i'll send some private comments. but i must, if not for YOU, point out that both of the its could use apostrophes. i know! now you will insist i send you another pizza.
    i didn't know if, by this line: thousands like a stream away they bleed you meant 1000's of seeds washed away or failed to grow, or that 1000's of trees were cut down.
    thanks for sharing. :) bri

    p.s. we have redwood trees near our california home. i believe there used to be some trees that were 15-20 feet in diameter [not circumference]........maybe even larger than that. some of the blades on the old two-handled saws (used by two men) were, i think at least as long as those trees were thick. it sometimes took more than a day to saw down one tree. i've read and seen photos of this stuff in museums etc. around here. Now, supposedly, companies replant areas from which trees have been harvested, and some trees are left to supply seeds to the surrounding ground. it is in their interest as well as that of the environment.
    of course increasing populations and increasing demands for 'products' drive the demand for natural resources, but it is not all bad. (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (1/29/2014 8:28:00 AM)

    Poem with a great message. It take years to grow into trees and not even a second to cut it down...Many forest have been cut down for profit....Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Elena Sandu (1/25/2014 5:24:00 PM)

    Yes yes yes, the trees! And the mountains, and the rivers, and the air, all are the world supporters, hard workers unconditional givers, while men...oh dear...unspeakable....Good poem, thank you for share. (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (1/25/2014 2:55:00 AM)

    Beautifully written Kanav. Emphasising both the benevolence by a tree side by the cruelty of human being.... very nice.
    You may read my poems My quest and my dream and Power of truth. (Report) Reply

  • Rishabh Bidya (1/24/2014 10:36:00 AM)

    Really liked your poems about plants, trees, etc. Beautiful description. As always, I'll wait to read your next work! ! : D (Report) Reply

  • Ken E Hall (1/20/2014 3:44:00 AM)

    Sad for nature man is so dumb in its quest for destruction of the forests..well said in the poem kanav...regards (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (1/16/2014 8:52:00 AM)

    A powerful message in this wonderful poem, to look after nature as it is vulnerable as man can destroy it so easily! (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (1/16/2014 1:46:00 AM)

    From acorns grow giant oaks! But it takes several years for a tree to grow to its full stature! But man in his ruthlessness comes and cuts it down, depriving many, its shade and the birds, their habitation! !

    A poem with a great message, Kanav! ! (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (1/16/2014 1:17:00 AM)

    An amazing range of themes might be up your sleeves, Kanav. It is our ardent hope that aids all these strewn seeds falling apart and the purpose of writing this unique poem is substantiated by the amazing appreciation by all of us. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (1/15/2014 2:01:00 PM)

    Man continues to violate his environment, with many rain forests disappearing resulting in loss of habitats for our wildlife. Excellent poem Kanav, with a strong message. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (1/13/2014 8:46:00 PM)

    oh kanav.... I LOVE your way with words :) ...i could read YOUR POEMS over and over again all day long...i have been waiting for YOU to write this poem and YOU did after such a long time...it is so musical like your other poems...this is the quality which drew me to YOUR POEMS...and the same quality, i WISH YOUUU WOULD TEACH ME........i understand it is the rhyming but there is something more...you know i tried to choose only one stanza...one which i LOVE the most to COPY and PASTE in this comment......but i cannot cause....
    I LOVE THIS WHOLE POEM! ! !

    Seeds Of Life

    beneath the ground, a solitary seed
    no mates near him he got any
    still and slow it rise and grow
    that later blooms to flowers many

    never does it ask more from the skies
    dust and dung is all it need
    yet not all grow so proud and tall
    thousands like a stream away they bleed

    from a minute shell, no one can tell
    how it later be a big strong tree
    soldiers of this giant earth
    no stronger knight your eyes would see

    with a manmade axe all comes to end
    its sad that it has to end this way
    its men like us for profit sake
    heedlessly with the nature play

    kanav justa (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (1/13/2014 3:19:00 AM)

    in this poem and its context what i liked the most is the feel in the lines and it is nice to see that still we can feel the affinity with Nature if we wish and if we concentrate...
    with a manmade axe all comes to end
    its sad that it has to end this way
    its men like us for profit sake
    heedlessly with the nature play...it's very good! ! ! (Report) Reply

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