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Ode to beauty

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Ode to beauty


I stand on the snow covered mountain
Colorful vase of flowers
Slopes  with flower beds laden
I saw the snow lotus flowers
I asked, “Why are you all alone here?
Beauty is meant to be adored.
Should give yourself to somebody
Before your petals fall to dust soon, dear.
What if I crushed your petals, I asked
As at these heights, you are quite lonely”..


One of the flowers quickly responded
“I enjoy the shelter of blue skies.
I would be too glad
If you choose  to crush my petals
My fragrance will spread everywhere.
Fulfilling the purpose and duty
If destroyed, not admired.
By plucking my petals, remember
You won’t gather my beauty,
Beauty is to see, not to be plucked'.


“O’ lotus, you teach wisdom to man
Praise her beauty, don’t destroy her. 
It is the gladdest thing under the sun
Touch a hundred flowers not pick ever”
O’ man, pluck not wayside flower even 
It is the traveler’s dowers.
Silently a flower blooms alone
And in silence it falls down
If I am worth many pleasures,
I think I am too few then”.

June 15, 2014
Form : Ode
First Place win in
Contest: My favorite poem by Carol Eastman
Form: Ode (the Homostrophic or Horatian Ode)
Rhyme scheme: ABABCDECDE (Ten lines)
Dr, Ram Mehta
Second place winner in
Contest: Ode sponsored by Jared Pickett

This is the  English Ode, also called the Homostrophic or Horatian Ode. 
The Romantic Ode often followed the Irregular Ode's structure 
and the Homostrophic Ode's meditative quality.

The poem also won the second place in the International Poetry
Contest of 2011 by Poetry Soup.

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  1. Date: 6/15/2014 8:35:00 PM
    Very beautiful and tender words, Dr. Ram. Congratulations on a win with your favorite poem!

  1. Date: 6/15/2014 8:01:00 PM
    Congrats on this obvious winner Dr. Ram!

  1. Date: 6/15/2014 4:21:00 PM
    Your poem is a winner every time. No wonder it is a favorite. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 6/15/2014 3:32:00 PM
    Your lotus flowers speak for Nature which is there to be enjoyed and praised, not destroyed. This is a very good poem, Dr. Congrats on your win. // paul

  1. Date: 6/15/2014 12:08:00 AM
    Nice win Dr, . Love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 6/14/2014 10:52:00 PM
    Dr Ram. Congratulations with your own "Favorite Poem, entered in Carol's XOOL contest... Yeah, we all Win... What a sweet Deal... XOX~ LINDA

  1. Date: 6/14/2014 10:33:00 PM
    wonderful words of wisdom learnt. my fav. too, Dr. Ram. Mohan

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 9:01:00 PM
    Dr Ram, , :-) congratulations with your wonderful win in the " April, 2011 Contest " It is very nice to see you on this winning list..*'.*'.*' hip hip hooray. Good night :-) always~ PD

  1. Date: 6/12/2012 12:19:00 PM
    What you say here is absolutely true: beauty is meant to be seen and admired by everyone, not covered and hidden. People should be able to show the world not only their outward beauty but their inward beauty too, and you have shown yours with this fascinating poem which, beyond doubt, deserved recognition. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 2:14:00 AM
    Beautiful mehta ji, great are these versus giving us the beauty in store in your mind about these beauties in life..sunkan

  1. Date: 1/8/2012 10:18:00 PM
    Very well done my friend. Love the way you weave the tale as the man speaks to the flower and she answers in kind. Very cleverly done. God Bless, JB

  1. Date: 12/11/2011 12:47:00 PM
    Ahhh.! i remember commenting on this before Dr Ram, it deserves the win indeed)

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 10:06:00 PM
    In awe...this is so lovely.

  1. Date: 10/9/2011 5:47:00 AM

  1. Date: 9/25/2011 9:17:00 PM
    Amazingly accomplished. Love your style and inspiring writing skills. You've painted an awesome picture with this poem. Very moving and heartfelt poetry. Congratulations on the well deserved win.

  1. Date: 9/18/2011 4:09:00 AM
    Such a beautiful poem, Wow.

  1. Date: 9/15/2011 7:10:00 AM
    Love the iomages you've oainted in my mind, congrats on the PS win !

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 5:55:00 PM
    I love this poem. U r very good. Really. U r toooo gooood. And congrats by the way

  1. Date: 9/10/2011 8:55:00 PM
    Congratulations Dr. Ram! Enjoy your wonderful win! Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 9/9/2011 12:21:00 PM
    Congratulations!! Beautifully Penned --My Friend!