Friday, February 20, 2009

Flight of the milkweed

She felt so glued
Doomed and marooned
Upon the plant she grew
This meager seed
Of milkweed
Was a curse that angels threw.

No color, no smell.
This didn't go well
With the seed that felt so low
No wasp, no bee
No lovers had she
Amidst swans she was a crow!

Until that day
When blew her way
A breeze that defied all law
And off she flew
Like bubbles do
From kids with soap and straw.

She soar and flew
To places new
For she was light and dry
And then it hit -
All that deficit
Was so that she could fly!

Glossary -
Milkweed - A plant species that grows its seeds in follicles. Follicles contain soft filaments attached to individual seeds. When the follicle ripens, the seeds are blown by the wind, each carried by several filaments.
Also known as "म्हातारी" (Mhatari) in Marathi.

Acknowledgments -

Painting illustration - 'Milkweed' - Caroline Putnam


Preeti Edul said...

Nice, I particularly like the lines..

And off she flew
Like bubbles do
From kids with soap and straw.

Sagar Bhanagay said...

Hey, thanks!
Those very lines are the ones I like too :-)

me said...

A poem after long... and a very nice one.
Enjoyed it :)

Sagar Bhanagay said...

Hey, thank u so much! Coming from the creator & maintainer of 'Dhun', it means a lot :-)

me said...

Boy, you do know how to flatter, don't you!
Well, I can't write as aptly flattering sentences as you can, but I really liked this poem!
I wish I could 'create' something instead of being just a mere collector of poems.

Sagar Bhanagay said...

Now what is nobler & perhaps more challenging? "Pearl-diving" or "creating-pearls", I wonder... :)

Sagar Bhanagay said...

All said & done, 'Dhun' has been one blissful experience. What more to say? :-)

Vishakha said...

Hey Sagar..just love your poem..just visited ur blog because there was nothing better to do..and didnt regret it at all..I didnt know u were such an amazing poet :))) Keep it up!!

Sagar Bhanagay said...

Hey!! Thank u sooo much :-)