The Mountain and The Tree

(Written just now spontaneously Having tea with my friend the Tree)

Who now is this Tree
That stands here before me
Along with its crooked cousin
So lacking perfect symmetry
Two always watching sentries
Guard against all enemies.

It stands tall upon on a hill
Watching over a mountain range
Quite strange
The mountain needs a sentry
Or perhaps it just needs a viewer
And can't resist the lure
To say,
"This is me, Tree
Don't you see
My great expanse fills your view!

Don't you see
Its just me and you
and the sky blue
But I'm the vaster of us two"

The Tree feels small for a little while
Then says with a crooked smile

"Oh Mighty Mountain I hear your call
You're the Vastest of them all.
But without this mere Tree
To whom would you say "look at me"
My view is vast my horizons everlast
While all you see, is poor little me
Which of us lives more free?

And one day when I finally fall
You'll have no one to make feel small
What means vast with nothing to compare
Like the tortoise and the hare.

So Dear Mountain, don't try to compete
You need this tree
To make you complete.

The Mountain does a double take
Its existential mistake
For without something to take in its view
Is its existence even true?
Is it really so mighty and vast?
Is the Hare, truly fast?
Without a tortoise to wizz past?

The Mountain did what Mountains do
It Mountained and Mountained as hard it could

And gave up its power to a piece of wood

About this poem

I’m sitting in the mountains, looking at the beautiful vista that surrounds me. There are a pair of twin Trees a few feet from my balcony, and the Mountains behind them. This poem is a beautiful power struggle between the Mountain and the Tree. It would mean a lot to me if you could rate the poem the number of stars you feel it deserves. I would really appreciate it, and it would be very encouraging. Thank you.

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Written on October 21, 2022

Submitted by cmd_1 on October 21, 2022

Modified by cmd_1 on November 16, 2022

1:32 min read

Quick analysis:

Scheme a aaxabb xccaxxxaAd Addd ee ffaagaa ffhh iai jjjddggg dk k
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,445
Words 299
Stanzas 11
Stanza Lengths 1, 6, 10, 4, 2, 7, 4, 3, 8, 2, 1

Sharik Currimbhoy Ebrahim

Sharik Currimbhoy Ebrahim is the great grandson of Sir Fazalbhoy Currimbhoy Ebrahim, Baronet, titled Merchant Prince of Bombay by King George V on his fathers side and Sir Asfar Ul-Mulk the Nawab of Hydrabad on his mothers. He ran his family cosmetics company for a decade before starting an investment bank. He has a degree in Literature and Economics from Columbia University and a specialisation in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School more…

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  • VandhukK33
    Good comment.
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • dougb.21370
    This is so very. And sometimes tongue in cheek. You say that is impromptu, but I know that it is backed up by Love; backed up by many adult years of sensing things beautiful ir needful. Read In the New Testament Philippians Letter chapter 4. Things that are lovely or of good report…think on these things. 
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • india_c
    An actual picture of the mountain, the tree, and little old me
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • teril
    I just love this! The writing is melodic and flows smoothly - the exchange between the two rings true. The message is eternal and of course profound. Thank you for your words.
    LikeReply 51 year ago
    • india_c
      Thank you so much for your comments. It is really very encouraging. I’m a part of this months contest, it would mean a lot to me if you’d give it a vote on the top of the screen (at least that’s where it shows on my iPhone) Love, S 
      LikeReply1 year ago
    • cmd_1
      Thank you for your encouraging words Teril, I appreciate it. It would mean a lot to me if you could rate the poem the number of stars you feel it deserves. I would really appreciate it.
      LikeReply1 year ago


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