The Whatnot tree

Hey all! I’m back with my next poem. Enjoy!

The Whatnot tree stands,
A colossal creature.
With crooked leaves a-hanging,
A tree of strange nature.

Wearing lush greenery
As an elegant crown,
The trunk boasts of enormity,
The biggest ever known.

All travelers stop to rest
Under the whatnot tree;
Pluck fruits gleaming turquoise,
A renowned delicacy.

Hanging from wide branches,
Fruits infinitely sweet;
Yet to consumers enticed,
A rather deadly treat.

Noxious venom within
Eats away at one’s life;
Yet unmindful of hazard;
Their trade exists rife.

Folks intoxicated by its taste;
Or hypnotized by its shade;
Continue devouring the fruit;
As their lives fade….

Dismissing its dangers
As mere stories untrue;
They worship the whatnot tree;
Only,at death,to rue….

Can hungry men resist
A vibrant,free feast?
Would they see truth
In the bespoken deceased?

And so it stands tall;
A colossal creature;
Disguising the devil within,
A tree of nefarious nature.

-The Forgers of Fantasy


P.S: This has been penned as a metaphor to the current situation,where some people simply cannot stand the lockdowns and home quarantines,and hunger for freedom,granted to them by breaking the pandemic norms,even if it means possible hazard and death. Some don’t wear masks, wander around even when advised not to, dismissing COVID as “a flu” and thinking only about satisfying their hunger for having a good time.

P.P.S: I was inspired to pen this when I read a nice poem of a similar topic, written by Khushi and Kunjal of Duo Disseminators. You can access their poem at https://duodisseminator81314070.wordpress.com/2022/01/09/still-here-to-stay/ .

P.P.P.S: This is also my submission for DVerse Open Link Night. You can access the prompt too, at https://dversepoets.com/2022/01/20/were-live-today/

For more such poems,refer The Forgers of Fantasy

25 thoughts on “The Whatnot tree

  1. Well I honestly loved this. Including the actual name of the tree. The atmosphere swirling around your words is so well done, and reading your note afterwards makes me see how cklever the poem is, however, it is wonderful in its own right…

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  2. I can see a little how the fruit, like in the garden of Eden, is hoped to bring more freedom and power, but in the end just death. I can see how you relate it to Covid deniers hungering for freedom but in the end dying. I get upset watching people say Covid isn’t real when my mother-in-law died of it and she didn’t want to get vaccinated because people at her church were against it. It’s frustrating!

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    1. ❤ Indeed,vaccine hesitancy is still prevalent…especially due to the fact that religion and religious leaders promote it so much!Still, we as people should do what’s best for ourselves and our loved ones. Welcome to my blog… 🙂 ❤

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