They bloom every spring
red, flamboyant and unabashedly bold
they swarm roads, lanes, and highways
setting them aflame in the color of blood.
They bled right here, beneath this tree
their blood siphoned up
by hungry roots
as earth gave those
let down by
a resting place
We don't become stars after we die--
like Sita, we are rooted by blood to earth
so we become the shimul
red, flamboyant and unabashedly bold.
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Photo credit of Shimul by poet.
Rita Bhattacharjee is a communications consultant who has managed corporate and internal communications for companies across diverse industries, including non-profits. She is the co-founder of Mission Arogya and Arogya HomeCare and has recently relocated from the US to India to channel her skills towards social entrepreneurship. She also writes poetry, some of which has been have been included in anthologies and published in journals including The Copperfield Review, Contemporary Literary Review, Camel Saloon, Café Dissensus, About Place Journal, and Kitaab.