The Earth Laughs In Flowers



These sure are not daffodils. But yet, when trees that looked like empty hat-stands (Courtesy: Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief) flaunt the bounty of spring, a poem or two springs into mind  ❤

I wandered lonely as a Cloud

I wandered lonely as a Cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and Hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden Daffodils;
Beside the Lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:-
A Poet could not but be gay
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude,
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the Daffodils.

~ William Wordsworth

Published in Collected Poems, 1815


Rhodes, Greece

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Giggling tots
Wagging tails
Chirping birds
Buzzing bees

Dainty blooms
Tender greens
Sprightly gaits
Vibrant folks

The world comes alive
When Spring does arrive!

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Blooms Of Paradise

Botanical Garden, Nymphenburg Palace Gardens, Munich, Germany


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Those hapless souls stand quite tall
Amidst a carpet of wrinkled leaves
Having shed their crown of brilliant gold,
Loom lifeless, like charred skeletons bared

No more selfies, no more hugs
No oohs and No more awws,
Not as much as a doting glance
Not one, cares to stop by !

As I grieve, the dismal downfall,
A howling wind whispers in my ears –
‘Just wait and see,
What Spring will bring !’

Oh yes ! Sure we know !
A burst of a zillion blooms
Dainty in myriad hues
Will lure them in, once again!


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കൊടിയിറങ്ങിയ ഉത്സവപ്പറമ്പുപോൽ, 
വേഷമൊഴിഞ്ഞൊരാട്ടക്കാരനെ പോൽ, 
പടുതിരിയാളും കുത്ത് വിളക്ക് പോൽ, 
കാവടിയാടിയ വൃക്ഷ ഗോപുരങ്ങൾ അരങ്ങൊഴിഞ്ഞു !

ഇനി ദീര്‍ഘനിദ്ര !
നവകുസുമുങ്ങളാൽ പൂത്തുലഞ്ഞീടാൻ,
കഠിനതപസ്യകൾ അനിവാര്യം
അഗ്നിപരീക്ഷകൾ സുനിശ്ചിതം, 
മരമാകിലും, അതു മനുഷ്യനാകിലും !

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Spring Showers

Luminous sun lost in deep slumber,
Foul is that weather, the masses profess !
A sky overcast, oozes its own charm
If only, if only you would see !

The birds are quiet, buds droop in a trance,
Gushing wind ushers in news of joy
New born leaves quiver in anticipation,
Gurgling infants at their mother’s side !

A winter parched ground
Thirsts for life giving drops
Earthlings in solemn reverence await,
Elixir of life to be meted out forthwith !

Magic spell sprinkles down
From the wild blue yonder
All beings snuggle in awed rapture
Alas! We mortals remain inanely nonchalant !

Vernal showers come pouring down
Glistening greens in elation, glimmer and scintillate
Lo and behold, the ubiquitous opulence
Mother Nature in all her grandeur!

Come, Walk with me under that canopy
Of the luscious green and the flaming red
Tread not on the verdant green,
Emerald quilt inlaid with a zillion blooms

Squish we must through that dirt track
Fringed with a thousand shades of green
Weep not for those fallen blooms, a life well lived,
Bestowing sanguine dreams on many a wrinkled eye

A walk in the wild under a leaden sky
A day every dreamer would cherish
Oh! That distant clap of thunder,
Those boughs laden with droplets !

Perennial memories come flooding by
Of a monsoon drenched land where the peacocks dance
Pangs of grief grip my soul
I yearn for my land, miles and miles away!

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