Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Acer on Cedar

Maple fruit on cedar leaves

While on a canopy walk, I came across this curious fruit which happens to be from an Acer species... it was resting so delicately on the very sizeable and handsome Cedar tree.

I am quoting part of the poem by Tagore... how nice the last sentence of this quote.. makes one feel so restful.

O profound,
Silent tree, by restraining valour
With patience, you revealed creative
Power in its peaceful form. Thus we come
To your shade to learn the art of peace,
To hear the word of silence; weighed down
With anxiety, we come to rest
In your tranquil blue-green shade....

In Praise of Trees (Brikhsa Bandana) -Rabindranath Tagore. 1926
(Translated by Dr. William Radice, 1985)

[Tagore wrote this poem in connection with the annual Tree-planting fesitval that he instituted at Shantinekatan. Tagore included this poem in the book “Bano Bani”which was dedicated to Tagore’s scientist friend Plant-Physiologist/physicist Sir JC Bose. This poem was quoted by the United Nations in their publications to highlight the importance of green earth. I thought it would be nice if MM includes this poem in their celebrations of Earth day on April 22, 2006. Regards. --Asim K. Duttaroy]

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