Death of a palm tree

When it stormed in our childhood we used to
Call Arjuna’s many names on our tiny tongues
Rapidly moving , sounds hitting a deep throat.

Arjuna is thunder god’s son who could stop it.
That was how trees could be spared of deaths.
But next day we saw our palm tree decapitated .

Our words might not have reached dark clouds
Ere a random thunder bolt struck its head off.
A poet says we have not experienced thunder,

Except as words rapidly hitting the mouth roof.
But the palm experienced it in its severed head
Experiencing a cessation of experience in death.

The tree had no words except in  severed frond.
Its charred stump stood tall with no death fear.
It did not have a functional head to experience.


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