A Letter To A Green Leaf

Dear Leaf,

Up in the tree, what were you waving at?

Of course you were hiding birds, you let

The red ant stumble upon you with his prized dead bee.

And you held the breeze twirling

in your lifeline, and blushed in the evening rain.

All that you did well. You took a longing look

Wondering if the sun

Would keep loving you until the end of time. I know you

Did that, you had your problems and doubts

If love would after all be true until then.

And so today when I walked beneath you,

I did not  care that
you had turned red so soon.

And that you were waiting, waiting for me

To come by.  There is
no disgrace dear,

Losing to the sun, the wind and rain,

the last raiment of your breath

We all do, we always do. Like you thought

If you broke away from the tree

You could fly away.

A new life breathless in the long arms of the river

and that there would be love again there.

Or upon the stone,

and its hard caress . But then like the others,

love simmered in the distance,

and as you leaned out to touch,

 you fell.

The Zong

Gopikrishnan Kottoor's picture

Born (1956), Trivandrum, Kerala, India., Winner, All India Poetry Prizes, Poetry Society, India-British Council Awards (96, 97, 98), and other leading poetry prizes. Poetry published in Ariel (Canada), Orbis (UK), Nth Position (UK), Bluefifth Review (UK), Toronto Review (Canada), The Illustrated Weekly of India, Kavya Bharati (India), Fulcrum (USA), Verse, Seattle, (USA), Indian Literature, Arabesque Review, Plaza (Japan), Chandrabhaga (India), and others. Founder editor, Poetry Chain. Participant, MFA, Texas state University, (2000) Poet in Residence, Augsburg University, Germany (2004). Important works : Poetry : Father, Wake Us In Passing, (German Translation, Wolfgang Heyder) A Buchenwald Diary, Mother Sonata, Victoria Terminus, Poems Selected and New (2010). The Coloured Yolk of Love (2012). Drama: Fire In The Soul The Mask of Death. Novel : A Bridge Over Karma (Novel). Poetry included in The Bloodaxe book of Contemporary Indian Poetry In English, The Golden Jubilee Anthology of Post Independence Indian poetry In English, and Poetry Society, India anthologies.

Last updated May 28, 2012