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Our Mayflower Tree

by Nuggehalli Pankaja
(Bangalore, Karnataka, India)

Like a flash of light
It blinded my eyes
With its blaze of red
Like the glow of women in love
Passionate to the core
Offering their innermost being.

How gracefully do the clusters
Of Mayflower-flaming beauties of the year
Bend their sweeping boughs
Over the path opposite!
A painter’s paradise,
A poet’s alcove-
Lover’s bower.

“Stay there the same way
Throughout the year”
Silent wish did I send
That second
So very very ecstatic !

‘Beauty lies in rarity’
Whispers the flowers
Nestling among foliage,
Return I will by May next year,
With hues brighter.


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