This poem is a river, a man and a forest

 

This poem is the wrath of a river

This poem is the dream of a man

This poem is the story of a forest

 

 

This poem is Brahmaputra

Its hungry tide laps up land

Crashing, breaking dreams

Before reaching its salty home

It tears itself to countless streams

Taking the look of torn roots

Of a gigantic banyan tree

This poem is the wrath of a river

 

 

This poem is Jadav Payeng

He is a forestry worker

Living in Majuli Island by the Brahmaputra

The broken nests light a star

In his inner sky

He becomes his own light

And prays for a woodland to take birth

This poem is the dream of a man

 

 

This poem is Molai Forest

Each tree loves a man

Who single handedly

For more than three decades

Created this tree-land

That’s harboring wild life

And fortifying the island

This poem is the story of a forest

 

 

This poem is the flow of tamed anger of a river

This poem is the fulfillment of the deep green dream of a man

This poem is the song of the wild in an unusual forest

 

 

 

[I intended to post this old poem for the “Water” prompt but couldn’t manage as became a bit busy this week. So now.]

 

Posted for earthweal open link weekend #4earthweal open link weekend #4

13 thoughts on “This poem is a river, a man and a forest

  1. Sumana, I drank this poem in so gratefully. We need poems like this right now, and men and women bringing dreams to life like the man in your poem, whom i have read about. I love the boomerang form, too. Gorgeous!

  2. The I Ching tells us we can work on the spoiled, bring things back to their order in glory — this is a wonderful poem of how one person right rivers and raise forests. From that work so many resounding blessed connections — a canopy of good. A great Water poem and blessing for a weekend clouded with so much difficult news. Thanks as always for finding the global in the local – Brendan

  3. Really a very beautiful and effective flow to this narrative, mimicking a river, perhaps the river of dreams of men as well as one of water. You have done a great job here of using visuals to make your point, and never losing the sensitive touch of the words. More of us need to have these kind of dreams, and make them come true.

  4. Wonderful poem in tribute to a man who shows what one is capable of. I love his idea of one child committed to planting and caring for one tree. We need this commitment globally. Can you imagine a movement growing across the land that unites all of us? Thank you for your inspiring post.

Thank You :)

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