Friday, October 27, 2006

Of Sights Seldom Seen

I was walking home one October evening. The sun was busy painting the sky and everything under it in a brilliant vermillion. But everyone moving around was too busy to notice his business. I, too, moved on preoccupied by my thoughts. And then I saw it - standing right in front of me, by the roadside.

I had seen it an umpteen number of times before. But it presented a unique sight that evening. I watched its grandeur in amazement. It stood there austere and virile like a stalwart gaurding its own premises. It looked wonderful.

Its roots were firm and strong in the ground adorned by tufts of dry grass. They reminded me of a grand old man who was so well rooted to his culture and convictions that it was well-nigh impossible to pull him away.

It had a gargantuan trunk replete with fissures and orifices with squirrels and chameleons rushing in and out. It resembled the body of the grand old man ruthlessly wrinked out by Father Time. I am sure each of the wrinkles had a plethora of tales to narrate.

Its branches were a beautiful burnt sienna which looked mesmerizing against the vermillion hue which had turned an iota darker. They ramified repeatedly to give the appearance of a marquee. A few were as straight as a saint's path of life. Another few were twisted initially but straightened out towards the end reminding me of those who started out on the wrong foot but eventually found felicity. Some branches were no more than crests and troughs of wood. Still others got badly entangled with other branches midway never to come out of the tangle. I wondered how people of that kind ended up.

The sun in its painting spree never knew when he painted the green leaves in a darker vermillion than before. This fusion lended a most unreal colour to them. But I knew it was going to be off in a moment. I was reminded of the peoples, who pretend so well to have blended with the national colour as to make everyone believe. But no sooner does the night of communalism, casteism and the likes arrive than the original colours show.

I wondered how such beautiful sights could remind us of so many things we never bother to think about, how busy could we get so as not to notice things as lovely as loveliness itself, where exactly are we headed without having a few moments for our Mother Nature? I couldn't help remembering William Henry Davies and his 'What is life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.'.

I was pulled out of my trance by the loud honking of a truck passing by. The sun had by then changed its mind and painted everything all over again in copper. What I was gazing at now was a mere silhoutte. Capturing it in my mind's eye, I walked back into our indifferent world again.

1 Thinkers Pondered:

Sowmya said...

WOW...what an imagination...... very unique sentiments that sights of nature take us through....