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Where Have All the Flowers Gone? - Sonnet


Rinita is a creative writer, with focus on poetry. She delves into several forms including Haiku/Senryu, Sonnets, Free Verse, and Prose.


The climate continues to change at a rapid rate. With it reflects a change in the human mind. The question arises, time and again - how long before the beautiful red rose, a symbol of pure love, becomes a fossil? How long, will we humans, be able to hold our characters together, before it all breaks the nervous system of our dear Mother Earth, and our accumulated sins pile up to a rot we never could imagine? How long will it take, for greed and unchecked power to crush any remaining bud trying to grow through the feeble sunlight? Is there still hope?

The Poem

Envisaged under the mundane blue lake

Subdued hues of desire, love, time unborn

Reflecting scant, eloped, untouched, dark clouds

Pearls of morose, celestial tears, forlorn

Magnolia, rose, camellia, ivy, may

Brown tinge of lifeless here, despair, numb there

Friends of petunia, jasmine, doleful choir

March of the dead, unsung with verse of care

And as tonight, the moonless slumbered sky

Fade harmony, cacophony, alike

Distinct cry rests, beneath the bed perturbed

Papier- mâché soul-truths, away they glide

Dreamed, a kind face, atop a blooming cliff

Part human, part divine, part angel, if

© 2019 Rinita Sen


Rinita Sen (author) on January 02, 2020:

Thank you Umesh. Glad you liked it.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 30, 2019:

Good one. Interesting. Thanks.

Rinita Sen (author) on November 05, 2019:

Appreciate your kindness, manatita. I'm off to read it.

manatita44 from london on November 04, 2019:

Thank you, my Sweet.

I have since turned it into a Hub to you with minor changes and Diwali inspirations. Have a look.

Rinita Sen (author) on November 04, 2019:

You are the master of the craft, manatita. Thank you for your soulful piece. I wrote this sonnet with a lot of dejection, you poem uplifted me. May the rose never get extinct.

manatita44 from london on November 01, 2019:

We humans can love and your exquisite poem is evidence of this. I treasure this. Your touch on the rose, my favourite flower, was immaculate. Miss you! Here's a spontaneous piece for you:

Ode to the Rose. A Free-style Sonnet-Ode to Rinita Sen

Pure symbol of Love, my dawn,

The cross of floral sacrifices.

I came home to find you on my pillow,

Pink and red décor pulling at my heart-strings.

My soul smiled, you, finding a space within its sanctum,

Tugging at its joy with the allure of your fragrance;

Your radiant Light kissing my Heart with new life.

My Light, my heavenly Light, many a life you have inspired,

The Grace of heaven dancing in your blossoms;

Sweet sunrise filling your breath with its opulence supreme.

I see you, blushing with charisma, like the scarlet moon,

Twinkling your eye of intimacy, an invitation to stars,

To inhale the redolence of your lustre. Cute heavenly Light,

Embrace this forlorn vessel, with thy peerless Peace.- Manatita, 1st November, 2019

Rinita Sen (author) on October 02, 2019:

Thank you, Shaloo for echoing my thoughts.

Shaloo Walia from India on September 26, 2019:

A beautiful poem conveying an important message. Mother Earth is our collective responsibility and everyone should do their bit for the environment. Every little bit counts.

Rinita Sen (author) on September 19, 2019:

Thank you, Mona, for your heartfelt comment.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on September 19, 2019:

It's a very beautiful poem, Rinita. Well constructed, and beautifully articulated:)

Rinita Sen (author) on July 30, 2019:

You see things through my words, loud and clear. I appreciate your visit every time, Li-Jen. I am glad my poem has given you something to think about.

Li-Jen Hew on July 26, 2019:

Hi Rinita, you did well in showing to us what Mother Earth will look like if we are not helping. I like your choice of words between commas. It's giving me an image of dead flowers (like the above) and helps me to think of what ifs. Like what if we did better.. we could save the earth haha. The one word pattern that you used throughout the poem reminds me of how the earth would be if it lacked resources like water and our detachment from nature. Thanks for sharing!

Rinita Sen (author) on July 07, 2019:

Totally agree with your comment, Pamela. Yes, it could be a natural phenomenon, too, but feels like the major culprit is the human race. Sometimes I think we humans might not even be part of the world, as much as other animals are. We are invaders and destroyers. Hope we can pick up the pieces now, and start thinking of a better tomorrow. Thank you for visiting my sonnet.

Rinita Sen (author) on July 07, 2019:

Thank you, Lorna. We can try to do our best, and hope it is not already too late. Appreciate your visit.

Rinita Sen (author) on July 07, 2019:

Good to see you, John, and thanks for echoing my thoughts. Hoping against hope that things at least stop deteriorating further.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 05, 2019:

Climate change may be totally caused by man and it may also be some type of natural change that has occurred over millions of years. Regardless of the reason, we need to take care of our planet. I was watching something this morning that showed all the plastic and junk in the ocean, and there is no reason for that! There is so much we could do, but the world is unconcerned. You can hardly breathe the air in India, etc., etc.

Lorna Lamon on July 05, 2019:

This sonnet is a timely reminder to take care of our planet before it's too late. Well written and thought provoking.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 05, 2019:

Rinita, climate change is a real threat to the environment, whether man made or not doesn’t matter. It would be a shame to see many of our plants and flowers wither and become extinct. You spread the message very well in this thoughtfully constructed sonnet.

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