the tamarind tree


the tamarind tree 
still standing tall 
may be with a new batch of visitors 
or none 
but it once knew many.. 
children coming over 
for playing games of rubble,
for collecting 'tamarind' falling by,
for friendly tattling, 
eyebrow raising topics covering
witches and ghosts...
...years later 
the cool breeze said it all
as if dancing with joy,
seeing me after a long gap..
while i was searching 'me'
in my memory lane,
in each nook and corner of the tree
inhaling the sweet aroma of its leaves,
feeling the sounds of its trunk..
within me, with gratitude 
for it gave me..
those unadulterated friendship,
those innocuous fights,
those pristine forms of love,
those heartfelt grins, moments of poise
my genesis of dreams...
my ' close-to-heart' moments,
bereft of fear,worries,anxieties of life
if i were able to take a U turn!  
if i were able to come back to it's fold,
under it's shades, running away from 
this complex world,
for the reunion again !    


  1. ssidhi · May 1, 2016

    It is lovely.. the connect with the past and the present. It is the unconditional love and gratitude that we treasure. A love affair that only we can understand. Lovely..

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  2. Swati satpathy · May 1, 2016

    So minutely observed n expressed it . Sweet n nostalgic poem.

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  3. Thank you swati for your thoughts on this.


  4. Partha Mohapatra · May 2, 2016

    Nice lines kp.
    About childhood its memories

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  5. Thank you partha for reading ..


  6. Vandana Mathur · May 3, 2016

    This poem reminded me of my childhood. I too spent lots of my time below tamarind and a ber tree. Though we cannot go back in time, but at least we can try to be as carefree as we used to be in our childhood.

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    • yes Vandana we cant recall the time gone by …a good reflection could be , as you hinted, to have a childlike heart grown ups ! Thank you .


  7. Newswire · May 3, 2016

    Amazing :)… what an illustration .. !!

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  8. k p samantaray · May 3, 2016

    Nice Memories of yesteryears.

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  9. Dorah A. K. · May 5, 2016

    Beautiful and bittersweet at the same time – A pleasure to read.

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  12. scifihammy · May 7, 2017

    Wonderful to have so many memories, with an old friend as it were. Beautifully written. 🙂

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  13. GILDASPOEMS · May 12, 2017

    So sweetly nostalgic. Tugs at heartstrings…magic of childhood.

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  14. chevvy8 · May 22, 2017

    I enjoyed your poem very much. It reminded me of one I wrote abut my childhood tree if you’d care to read it. Of course the tree is long gone too but is still exists in my mind as a symbol of many things. I am still able to go back to in my mind to draw on the lessons I learned and how that tree still bears significance in who I am or can become. Though I recall it with nostalgia, going back to it for me is about how I use the memories to take me forward. As children, we called this the Madoni tree – It seems this was the correct botanical name. Hope you like it:

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    • Springstart@life : Kamakhya · May 23, 2017

      Thank you Chevvy for the beautiful take on ” the tamarind tree” , your poem ..” an ode…, is so nicely penned, soaked in longing n nostalgia ! Just loved it . Happy times !

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      • chevvy8 · May 23, 2017

        Thank you my friend! Re-reading my poem and yours again, it is interesting how similar they are as symbols of better days and the anchors we seek in later life. Thank you for the reminder!😀


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