– Sreeranjini Sureshbabu, Grade 7 – L, Our Own English High School, Sharjah
Noise of the wind rushing through leaves fill my ears
All that joy I can no more to bear
The beauty and wisdom of nature
Touch my heart mystically.
Stepping forward with a confident heart
I race through clusters of leaves
Wind gushing into my ears
Whispering words unfamiliar to me
Warm rays of sunlight on the forest floor
Urge me to the next door
I brace myself for surprises to come
As the wind passes by, jingling the green.
Creaking of twigs, splashing of puddles
One more step and I jump into a river,
Whose cold waters lift my spirits.
I soak myself to my heart’s content
As I step onto land
The current tugs at my legs
Pulling me back
Least bothered am I about it
As my life goes out of grasp
The waters carry me afar
To the verge of a not-so-high waterfall
I take a deep breath and without a thought
Dive into the blue depths.
With a heavy splash I land
Gasping I swim to the surface
Hoping for wild
I swim and reach the bank
Waiting for the tug at my feet
But nothing happens
And so I go on without a destination
I walk and walk until I became breathless
And I call out to the earth surrounding me:
Oh mother earth! How wonderful you are!
Your beauty mesmerising, your wisdom profound!
You nurture me in those arms of yours….
Oh! All I want is to live forever
And seek yet more wonders awaiting me!
As I move forward
Thick dark clouds assemble, hiding the sun
A few drops fall from the sky
In no time the storm strengthens
Making this the best day of my lifetime!
I raise my arms and fall on my knees
Feeling the rain on the surroundings and self
I feel complete, at last
As the rain drops and the green
Fill the chasm of sadness
With ever-lasting happiness…