The Tree, the Moon, and I

If we have the nerve to look, we can see in any face, our own vulnerability.

Of love, is where it all begins.
And yet, Alas!
Of sorrow, is where we are all akin.

Up the whispering hill
Besides the Jasmine tree
A fragrance comes to me
Secrets no more

The moon and I commune
She tells me of the sun
I speak of you in turn
Hope rekindled

Of longing, moon knows best
Her soundtrack played by stars
And lonely wolves with scars
Close but too far

The Jasmine tree eavesdrops
Flowers dulled in sunlight
To glow for moon at night
Yet still, Unseen

Named the ‘Tree of Sadness’
Jealous yet so loyal
‘Queen of night’ so royal
No room for tears

And so we sigh as one
The tree, the moon, and I
Thinking, of how and why-
This love evades

Of Love, many have much to say
Of Life, we learn something each day
Of Death, a price we all must pay.
But Love, I think,
Is larger than Life
And just as large as Death.

Β© judeitakali


Hope you enjoy this,
The poetry in italics is a series of Abhanga poems,
I’m eager to know your thoughts about this, so feel very welcome to share.

Written for;
Colleen’s weekly challenge Abhanga/poet’s choice.

Eugi’s weekly promptwolf moon

FUN FACT:

  • The Abhanga is a syllabic poem, native to India, dating back to the 17th century. (Please check the link above for details).

  • The Jasmine tree, which is very indigenous to India as well, is actually known by the names in the poem(tree of sorrow/Queen of night). It’s flowers fade during day and shine at night.

Stay safe everyone, Stay loving.

83 Comments Add yours

  1. Chris Hall says:

    …and the scent of jasmine hangs sweetly on the air. You took me to another place, Jude πŸ™‚

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed this, Chris. Thank you so much.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Sadje says:

    This is such a wise and philosophical poem Jude.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Sadje. But all is thinking out loud. No conclusions.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome! Thinking is always a good way to start.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. What a wonderful post, Jude! Such wise words!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Punam. I think I’ll visit yours on Friday πŸ™πŸΎπŸπŸ§‘

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You are welcome and take your time. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™πŸŒ·

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  4. Elizabeth says:

    This is a lovely poem, all the magic element on it, the moon, wolf, jasmine tree.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Elizabeth. I’m so glad to have you reading again. Where have you been? I hope you’re okay πŸ™πŸΎπŸπŸ§‘

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Elizabeth says:

        I’m doing ok, I was taking a little bit of time off to reset some priorities. Glad to be back reading your lovely poetry.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. judeitakali says:

        Glad to have you back. I’ll pass by to read yours over the weekend

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Ingrid says:

    Beautiful words, Jude. I think love is larger than death.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Ingrid. Sometimes love endures, but on the whole, I don’t think it is larger. Death is immense but the potential of love can be just as big

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Ingrid says:

        Definitely larger in my opinion. But that’s just my opinion!

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  6. -Eugenia says:

    All of the words of praise in my vocabulary are not enough for this piece, Jude! Not only are you a wonderful wordsmith, but, each post you publish is a like a stage production-well planned and well thought out. Bravo, my friend! 🌹

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Aww Eugi, you’re making my heart blush.
      I’m so glad you enjoyed this, and think so highly of my writing πŸ™πŸΎ
      I’m beyond humbled.
      Thank you so much ❀️🍁🧑

      Like

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you for the reblog πŸ™πŸΎ

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Susi Bocks says:

    Beautiful, Jude!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Susi🍁🧑

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Susi Bocks says:

        You are very welcome, Jude! ❀

        Liked by 1 person

  8. memadtwo says:

    I haven’t tried this form yet, but it has a lovely rhythm. (K)

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much K. It was really fun to use.🍁🧑

      Liked by 1 person

  9. “The Jasmine tree eavesdrops
    Flowers dulled in sunlight
    To glow for moon at night
    Yet still, Unseen”
    This Beautiful Jude!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Sirishty. I’m glad you like it,
      And it’s great to have you reading here, you’ve been a bit quiet 🧑🍁❀️

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Haha! Well, actually I have my exam next week, preparing for that. Trying to remain updated though lol😊😎

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Oh, that’s very understandable. Take care of business firstπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ€—πŸ§‘

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Thank you, you too take care😊

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      4. judeitakali says:

        🧑🍁

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  10. mariamichaela says:

    Swoon. Very lovely

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Aww, yes I’m glad you like this Michaela πŸŒ·πŸ’žπŸ’•

      Liked by 1 person

  11. HappySoul says:

    Wow!! An awesome poem Jude… love the picture painted by your words. And thanks for introducing different forms of poetry πŸ‘

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      My pleasure Ru. Thank you for appreciating and stopping by, it’s been a while πŸ€—πŸ§‘

      Liked by 1 person

      1. HappySoul says:

        Yes Jude, was occupied in shifting my house n settling in. Broke my streak of 203 days continuous posts in WP too πŸ˜…πŸ˜…hopefully can be back here regularly soon ..

        Liked by 1 person

      2. judeitakali says:

        What a streak!😯πŸ’ͺ🏾

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      3. HappySoul says:

        πŸ˜ƒthanks Jude

        Liked by 1 person

      4. judeitakali says:

        Such a pleasure 🍁

        Liked by 1 person

  12. Vashti Q says:

    I love the series of Abhanga verses, Jude! Absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to try this new poetry form. πŸ˜€ xo

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Hey Vashti. I think I saw yours🧑

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Beautifully written Judeitakali❣️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much 🧑🍁

      Like

  14. Jules says:

    As always you entertain and teach! I went looking for the story about the Jasmine tree and found it here: The Story of Night Blooming Jasmine by Muskaan Balhara

    I also learned that the tree is a member of the nightshade family… A plant I have to be careful of. Nightshade is also related to Poison Ivy as well as the common tomato plant!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah nightshade is indeed one of my favourite go too poison plants in writing. I’m surprised jasmine is part of that family. I’ll have to read that story.
      I’m glad you enjoy and learn from some of my posts, as do I, from you always 🧑🍁

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  15. A very deeply moving work here Jude…loved this..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much πŸ™πŸΎπŸ

      Like

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much πŸπŸ™πŸΎ

      Liked by 1 person

  16. PoojaG says:

    Really enjoyed the poem and style!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Pooja. πŸπŸ’ž

      Liked by 1 person

      1. PoojaG says:

        My pleasure 😊

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