Sometimes I perceive a solitary man

Standing by the side of a lonesome tree

Eyes hooked to the pavement

Lost in the wilderness of rushing cars

Hooting and tooting flying past the drudgery road

Roughened hair disheveled by the dusty wind

Bony and shriveled fingers knotted and resting

On the dry branch of the ‘lonesome tree’

Emaciated and spent of rueful life

I pass by him… he curiously throws a curvy smile

I wonder why he stands there everyday

Come sunshine

Come rain

Come winter

Come fog

His relentless craving to stand by its side

Raises innumerable questions in my mind

I smile back at him

He nods his head

I dare to talk to him a little afraid of rebuke

For he stands there lost in some faraway memory

I stand there… should I, should I not?

My hesitancy instills in him a will to talk

 I surrender

He speaks willingly:

“Sometimes ago this ‘lonesome tree’ was not bare”

“It flooded with leaves and fruits”

“The heavy boughs touched the ground”

“Bowing to God’s bounty”

“A gregarious man cut down the tree to build a road”


Walked away with the laden branches”

“Ruthlessly shredding them to pieces”

“I survived


Hang here eternally

Mourning the loss”

                                                                  ~Shobha Diwakar

                                                                    Jabalpur, India


  1. The poet has come out with how we are indifferent to landscape these days!

    We readily point to infrastructure
    When even full-blown trees
    Are sought to be cut out
    In the most unceremonious way!

    Are we not aware of
    The extent to which
    We owe our wellness
    To the power of trees?

    Are we not ahamed
    To root them out
    Quite oblivious to
    Overall benefits we enjoy?

    Time to learn to be courteous and
    Entertain emotional breakdown of
    Our heart at the cruel slaughter of
    Trees that sustain us unfailingly!

  2. it’s so painful to see lines of trees being ‘mauled’ down for no rhyme or reason
    we claim and shout plant more trees but more are cut down than planted & if they do tehy are left to die without any care
    thank you OKRSji for your appreciation