Monday, May 25, 2009

The Shelter

The cyclone hit the garden and the leaf was torn
And was carried by the ruthless wind,
Far away from the leaf's home.
As she tried to resist, knowing how useless it was,
She wept for her friends lost: other leaves, flowers and birds.

Why was she cruelly torn away from the place she loved?
Oh, why were her friends all taken away?
No one answered her questions as she was tossed
From here to there, by the cruel wind.

Was there no place where she could rest?
Was there none to give her refuge?
She felt that she was about to die, her dreams dying with her.

Amidst all the roaring of the wind,
She dared open her eyes, and saw closed doors in front.
Feeling all hope was lost, she cried out, a piteous cry;
And, the door opened with the wind pushing against it;
The leaf shut her eyes as she was carried in.

No longer having the strength to cry,
She opened her eyes once more
Even as the wind dropped her and she came to rest,
And saw the beauty of the place.

The trembling leaf looked up
And saw the golden dress, the smiling face.
The torn leaf, the homeless leaf
Had found shelter at the feet of Vaasudev.
( jag se aankhe band kare to, Surdas ne dars(n) kiye )
(only after Surdas lost his earthly eyes, did he see the Lord)
I am taking a break from blogging; will be back in July, Krishna-willing.
May you stay happy and in good health.


manivannan said...

A deeply touching poem! It made me emotional...It tells the story of every true devotee of Krishna. It's so heartening for me, now...Thanks a lot for sharing such a soulful poem!

As I said earlier, I will miss your beautiful spiritual poems and thoughtful comments.

Do come back soon :-)

My heartfelt prayers and wishes to you, Ayesha!

manivannan said...

I read your poem again and again, and am deeply moved by these lines...

"The trembling leaf looked up
And saw the the golden dress, the smiling face.
The torn leaf, the homeless leaf
Had found shelter at the feet of Vaasudev"

Thanks again for making me yearn...

Ayesha Parveen said...
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Ayesha Parveen said...

Hi Manivannan,

Thank you very much for your kind words of appreciation.

Ultimately, the true refuge is with God and no one else..Even at the earthly level, if we get shelter with another human being or a benevolent force of Nature, it is so because God wills it such.

Thank you very much for your sincere wishes.

Best regards,


KParthasarathi said...

We human beings are all leaves to fall and wither one day.How many of us reach the golden feet of Shri Krishna is answered best by what we did when we were not shed.Most die to be born as leaves again.

A New Beginning said...

Thats just beautiful..sometimes I just fall short of words. Will look forward to your comeback Ayesha..the arena of blogging would be incomplete without do come back soon:)
All the very best to you!
May God give you happiness now and always:)

deeps said...

Like the leaf that carries care and love and hope amidst chaos,
These lines flow with amazing grace …

I am facing the same problem as well, not able to leave a comment ..looks like she has blocked it or something …

I hope you stay happy and blessed under Krishna’s care ..

Ayesha Parveen said...

Hi Sana,

Thank you very much for the praise and encouragement. God bless you, too.


Ayesha Parveen said...

Hi Parthasarathi,

You are right in saying that most are again born to wither again, and very few reach His feet.

To get Him, His grace is needed because no amount of good deeds is enough to get Him from close. Only when He has a special mercy on a soul, does the soul get Him.

Ayesha Parveen said...

Hi Deepu,

Your lines remind me of "Amazing Grace" and "Abide With Me". Thanks a lot for your appreciative comment.

God bless you too.

Whirlwind said...

wow.Really a moving poem about several questions which are unanswered.

Aparna V.S said...

hi ayesha ,i saw ur comment on deeps blog.there is some problem in posting comments in my blog.i couldnt solve.i ll check again...thanx...

Ayesha Parveen said...

Hi Swetha, thanks a lot :)

Hi Aparna, hope the problem is solved soon :)

AJai said...

Nice poem. Hope you are k after the cyclone. Why the break till july? Was just starting to follow your blog. Hope you get back soon. All the best. Have fun.

Ayesha Parveen said...

Hi Ajai,

Thanks a lot. Take care.

Best wishes :)

Cyrus Rumi said...

A beautiful poem...:)

Have a nice break... I look forward to your return in July...

Namaste and salaam to you sister,


Ayesha Parveen said...

Hi Cyrus,

Thanks a lot for calling me your sister. Feels good.

You take care and may God give you peace.



Sucharita Sarkar said...

Lovely poem...deep soul-touching thoughts.

deeps said...

hope all is well with you
and you are enjoying the break...

Ayesha Parveen said...

Hi Sucharita,

Thanks a lot for visiting and for your appreciative comment. I hope you will come again when I am back in July.

Have a nice day :)

Ayesha Parveen said...

Hi Deepu,

This is so nice of you. Thanks a lot. I am leaving for Kolkata on the first of June.

You stay well and in good health. Will read your posts once I am back in July, God-willing.

Take care, and enjoy life :)


Amal Bose said...

that was one beautiful peace of art..
loved it

Ayesha Parveen said...

Hi Amal,

Thank you very much for your visit and for your appreciative comment. Do come again.

Best wishes

deeps said...

Aparna is back you should be able to leave the comments at her blog ma’am…

Aparna V.S said...

very touching poem dear.....god cum back soon...

problem with my blog is solved...thanx for informing me that there was a problem.........
waiting for ur next post.....

Ayesha Parveen said...

Thanks Aparna and Deepu. Have a nice day.