Fate Of The Oleanders

Fate Of The Oleanders

A Poem by Doodley
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Inspired by a photograph (left).

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When the blistering shafts of an Indian sun,
Meet the kisses of raindrops, does the chlorophyll run,
And bursts into being the life of the tree,
Where the branch-crossed Oleanders long to be free.

For the two Oleanders had a photosynthetic love,
As they sat across the branch, cocooned from above;
So near, yet so far, across the branch did they stay,
Waiting, Oh, waiting, for a blustery, windy day.

For in the previous moonlight, in the shadows of black,
Had the two Oleanders agreed, made a pact,
To dive for their freedom, to take hold of their fate,
To gamble all for their love, should the tree branches break.

And no sooner than next day, around the peak time of noon,
Did the tree and its lovers encounter a seasonal monsoon;
It screamed with its anger, and blacked out the sun,
And roared in its fury, to see Love's justice done.

The tree hunkered down, and fought hard in its strife,
Holding steadfast to its captives, denying them their life;
But Mother Nature's fury was endless, as the tree did she shake,
And shattered the wood, wooden limbs did she break.

In almost an instant, were the Oleanders free,
They locked eyes with their eye-bulbs, and dived from the tree;
They swirled and twirled and fluttered all around,
As the wind eased her sighing, to land them gently on the ground.

As the monsoon receded, and the sun won the day,
Did the two Oleanders entwine petals, and lay;
At the foot of their nemesis, the now broken tree,
In a photosynthetic love, forever, shall they be.

But now without their sustenance, they knew they would die,
And they held each other tighter, as the light fled the sky;
Together in love, did they wilt, fade away,
'Tis the fate of the Oleanders, in death there, they lay.

© 2017 Doodley



Author's Note

Doodley
This was a poem that was inspired by a photograph; see the picture that accompanies the poem, top left.
It was a piece that came suddenly to mind as soon as i saw the photograph.

Any comments are greatly appreciated.

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this reminds me of an old song by Johnny Preston.."Running Bear" the two couldn't be together...separated by a raging river..but finally they just jumped in, swam toward each other, embraced, kissed and were taken down by the current...these two flowers, separated like romeo and juliet, fall to their death embracing...knowing they will die, but die in each other's arms.

love it.

Posted 2 Years Ago


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Doodley

2 Years Ago

Thank you for your very accurate review, Jacob. I am not familiar with Johnny Preston, however i mus.. read more



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this poem has a soothing aesthetic essence to it
much pleasant to read on a nice cloudy day while suns peeks through
you have a wonderful way with poetry
it speaks from the heart

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Doodley

1 Year Ago

Thank you for reading and reviewing, Pia. I appreciate the time and kind words.
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Zoe
Oh my...this is truly amazing! How do you do it?? Everytime...so easily...The rhyme scheme is just fantastic, the story you incorporated was all the more fantastic...well, what else can I say? Love all of your poems. Novices, like me, can learn much from your works. As always, loved it!

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1 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Doodley

1 Year Ago

Thank you for reading and reviewing, Zoe. Very kind praise for this piece. I appreciate your continu.. read more
Zoe

1 Year Ago

Truly said. And it was my pleasure!
What a lovely poem...beautifully narrated the cycle...

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Doodley

1 Year Ago

Thank you for reading and reviewing, Najam. I appreciate the line.
Najam Us Saher

1 Year Ago

You're welcome.
Gorgeous poem Doodley. Truly a tragic romance.
Perfect rhymes and nice flow as usual. :)

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Doodley

1 Year Ago

Thank you for reading and reviewing, Andronicus. I appreciate your time and support of my writing.
Andronicus

1 Year Ago

Pleasure is all mine Doodley. :)

(giggles quietly... and you know why...)
Doodley

1 Year Ago

The revolution is coming!! :)
This is a really well written write, descriptive and wonderful imagery.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Doodley

1 Year Ago

Thank you for reading and reviewing, Myconcern. I appreciate your time and kind words.
I saw the flowers in the picture. When we see them, they are just two withered; dying flowers for us and you gave meaning to them. They are now the central characters of the poem. Now, they have an ode on them. To be able to see or create a story on seeing something in a picture is just amazing. You didn’t even find them in natural surrounding! Just two flowers on a table and this poem! My goodness! This is just incredible.
When a thought or idea can be so presented, a story, an idea can be perceived and presented so well to make all spell bound, anything is possible. Only it takes people of your talent. The words, the imagery, the flow and all that, Kudos! I now see that rhyming and order are always there in your work.
Thanks for sharing an amazing poetry. Keep writing !!


Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Doodley

1 Year Ago

Thank you for reading and reviewing, Bala. I am very flattered by your thoughts and kind words. And .. read more
Wow, Doodley ! Sometimes when you read something that is flawless and as beautiful as the nature itself..you go into some kind of odyssey. This is such a piece, in fact every piece of your poetry is an epitome of beauty for me. Even though there is a tragedy in this love story but i liked the ending as it is the truth of existence. To be able to die together is the best ending that any love can have. Fate of the Oleanders- How do you get such ideas and words, Doodley ?? Great story with an amazing rhyming.
I appreciate your writing from the bottom of my heart.
Brilliant writing and crafting. There is no other poet like you in this world, for me at least. When I say this, I really mean it. :-) :-)
Keep writing and Keep inspiring !! :-)

With great respect
your hoobae !!


Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Doodley

1 Year Ago

Wow! What to say? I am very humbled by your words here, Gorthi. I thank you for your generous apprai.. read more
Gorthi Manasvini

1 Year Ago

You very well deserve all the praise. Thank you for sharing your ideas, Doodley.
I wish to re.. read more
There are two favorite trees in Green Lane park. A storm had severed a huge branch from one of them. I felt heartbroken but to this day I love those two trees. Your beautiful poem reminded me of that day. I love the music in this piece. A melencholy plays within the lovers arms.

Regards,
Al

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Doodley

2 Years Ago

Thank you for reading and reviewing, Alfred. Sometimes we can get our inspiration from the most unli.. read more
Alfred Kukitz

2 Years Ago

I've used that area for portrait photography. Lake in the background, other trees surrounding the ar.. read more

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