A Tree in the Parking Lot

A tree in the parking lot
Of a commercial complex-
Lovely, flowering in spring,
Leaving a sprinkle of red petals occasionally,
When jostling playfully with the barmy winds,
On the driveway and
on the cars’ windscreens.
A beauty for sure
For nature lovers and
For the cuckoo which
Used its branches to perch and
sing persistent notes of melancholy
for the romantic hearts 
at our workplace in the complex.
Then one day a storm raged and
A couple of large branches broke and fell
On a few cars parked in the driveway.
The poor tree had no way to prevent
The damage done to the cars.
Yet, it had to face the human wrath!
“The tree is a pest,an annoyance”, they cried!
“Occupying useless space, not worth at all!”
Forgotten was the beauty,
The benefits;
So much for human foresight!
The tree was cut down;
Chopped to the last inch
of the protruding trunk.
Now the cuckoo’s voice is never heard.
Nor do the sprinkle of sudden red
On the cars’ body
Enthrall the nature lovers.
Only some extra noise and fume
From some additional parked cars
And the ringing cash in the complex’s cash box.

Copyright @ Goutam Dutta


Author: gdutta17

Born in the year 1968, my childhood was spent amidst the beautiful scenic landscape of a small town in India, Ranchi. Though an engineer by qualification, reading, writing and cooking are my passions. Another thing that I am passionate about is my country, India. As they say, a lifetime is probably not enough to explore the whole of India. Currently based in Kolkata, I can be reached at gdutta17@gmail.com.

15 thoughts on “A Tree in the Parking Lot”

    1. I am actually a bit lazy and cannot get down to writing prose/short stories. Besides my poetry is more about the happenings around me, things that knock on the doors of my heart. Most of the times they are bereft of a plot good enough to weave into a story. So I put them down in poetry. Am happy that you like it so much. Thank you for all your words of praise and encouragement. 🙂


      1. Oh I doubt you’re lazy–it’s truly a gift to create the poetry you write; it’s quite unique in style–I’ve not come across any other like it that I can recall, in 9 years of blogging. You’re very welcome–I think I like writing comments as much as poems 🙂

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  1. A wonderful piece expressing life’s undesirable side where greed reigns above all. My own thoughts are Mother nature has her ways to wreak havoc and perhaps, some karma is due. lol Thank you for participating.

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    1. Yes….you are very correct. The havoc is already being felt everywhere. Yesterday we had unprecedented rains in the Indian city of Hyderabad, 10 times more than the highest ever recorded. A friend had to spend all night on the roads, in his car. At least in India we are witnessing cyclones growing stronger and increase in numbers…Nature fighting back now, I guess. Thank you for your thought-provoking prompt. 😊


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