Flame Tree

by Dr Swati A Gadgil
I had missed my train…
getting late was not like me,
I was always punctual
sincere and hardworking…
burden of keeping my image
would always push me around….
peaceful moments so many
slipping through
my knotty fingers
and my shuffling feet…
I stood at the platform
helpless as the train was gone
wondering when the next will come
and as I gazed up to the sky
beyond the edge of the long roof
of the long platform now empty,
I noticed the flame tree
standing tall by the rails…
but sad it was, indeed dull
now robbed of its red robe
it probably was feeling naked
failing to enchant passers-by
melancholy with few red strands
felt the agony of lone red bands
few firey tips on the lush green spread
why was it sad as if dead?….
behold the beauty, somedays not
somedays cold and somedays hot
rains somedays and somedays not
but flame tree is always hot….
gorgeous red or lush green it is,
Peace in life and Grace it is !
I paused for a while to look at it
sans red velvet but green grace was it..
heart to heart I talked to the tree
though flame was gone
it was radiating peace,
faith and confidence personified
that it will bloom even if denied,
by the railway track
engulfed in flame to rise beyond….
It promised to live forever for me
In memory of these moments
when we shared our plea,
waiting for the next train
chugging in and out
our friendship will stay
we had no doubts….
© Dr Swati A Gadgil All Rights Reserved.

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About Dr Swati A Gadgil

Anaesthesiologist , practising since last 30 yrs in Mumbai and medico legal advisor. Counsellor for Children at Puberty , Parenting , Stress Management , Motivation and Peace MBBS DA LLM Postgraduate in Human Rights Postgraduate in Hospital management Founder President of NGO, Dombivli Women's Welfare Society and it's youth wing NayaSavera Published three books of poetry Columnist and writes on various topics like Stress Management Appointed by Times of India as Consultant for their NIE Newspaper In Education Program Recognised by Medical associations and Rotary Speaker and panelists on Tele media, print media and National and International conferences Taekwondo Red Belt

10 thoughts on “Flame Tree

  1. Amita Paul

    What a heart- warming idea : a commuter making friends with a flame tree next to her daily rail stop ! The anthropomorphism works well with the emotional response of the narrator who imagines the tree as a being with feelings like herself .


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