Surfer's poem: Summer
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Surfer's poem: Summer

A summer wish for sunny skies, happy smiles when you arise, a carefree breezy afternoon.... writes Renu Khandelawal.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2006 11:19 IST

A summer wish for sunny skies,
Happy smiles when you arise,

A carefree breezy afternoon.
A great big silver-dreaming moon.

A shiny wishing star above,
And, always, very special love!

Every summer
I listen and look
Under the sun's brass and even
Into the moonlight, but I can't hear

Anything, I can't see anything --
Neither the pale roots digging down, nor the green stalks muscling up,
Nor the leaves
Deepening their damp pleats,
Nor the tassels making,
Nor the shucks, nor the cobs.
And still,
Every day,
The leafy fields
Grow taller and thicker
Green gowns lofting up in the night,
Showered with silk.
And so, every summer,
I fail as a witness, seeing nothing
I am deaf too
To the tick of the leaves,

The tapping of downwardness from the banyan feet
All of it
Beyond any seeable proof, or hearable hum.
And, therefore, let the immeasurable come.
Let the unknowable touch the buckle of my spine.
Let the wind turn in the trees,
And the mystery hidden in the dirt
Swing through the air.
How could I look at anything in this world?
And tremble, and grip my hands over my heart?
What should I fear?

One morning
In the leafy green ocean
The honeycomb of the corn's beautiful body
Is sure to be there.

Renu Khandelwal
Rotary public school, Gurgaon

First Published: Apr 03, 2006 11:19 IST