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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”.

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.

Rhyme Scheme : ABABCDECDE (Ten lines)

I am inspired by John Keats’ Ode to Nightingale


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  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!

  1. Date: 9/6/2011 8:22:00 PM

    Congratulations on your second place in the Poetry Soup International Contest, Dr. Ram. You have written a poem full of wisdom and beauty...a poem the world will remember. I wish you the best. Peace and Love, Andrew.

  1. Date: 9/4/2011 7:16:00 PM

    there are at least twelve friends of mine on this site who must be as outraged as i am by being on a list beause the judges forgot to take their psychotropic drugs that day...can you e-mail me please when you no longer have to resort to bribery and commenting on everyone else's poetry so they will comment on need to read a few books on how to write meaningful poetry...i will forward a list of them....bless you my phriend ~free cee!

  1. Date: 9/4/2011 7:11:00 PM

    YO DOC....THIS IS FREE POETRY AND CAN YOU TELL ME HOW MUCH YOU PAID TO GET ON A WINNERS LIST AS YOU SUELY MUCH HAVE? "CRUSH MY PETALS," THAT IS A SIN AND SO ARE YOUR POEMS THAT BEAT SOME OF MY FRIENDS......PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE THAT THEY MIGHT WRITE A POEM WITH PURPOSE TO THE POEMS THEY WRITE....AND CAN YOU E-MAIL PLEASE WHEN YOUR BRIBERY STOPS AND TALENT BEGINS? thanking you in advance for your cooperation in this matter i remain, perplexed as to what kind of psychotropic drugs most of these judges forgot to take the day they decided your poem deserves to be on that list....i CAN send you ten poems from ten poets, not including a pro like myself, that you might LEARN! FONDLY ~free cee!~ SORRY i just simply do not get it~ take care please!

  1. Date: 9/3/2011 3:59:00 PM

    Dr Mehta Nice Ode poetry Dr Mehta. This poem brings me back to my Literature class in High School! Many many years ago! Congratulations! Dalila

  1. Date: 8/30/2011 7:18:00 PM

    Dr. Meta: How do I get my certificate and I want to use the $50.00 to become a premium do I do that? Also as usual this poem is wonderful. God Bless, Bob

  1. Date: 8/28/2011 9:49:00 AM

    another WIN~~~smile ~~~~CONGRATULATIONS my friend Dr. Ram~~~~*-*junjun

  1. Date: 8/27/2011 8:28:00 PM

    Congratulations on your well deserved win. Lee

  1. Date: 8/27/2011 7:20:00 PM

    Dr, you gave my 'I Sing Africa' a review and it went on to win. Congratulation on your deserved win!

  1. Date: 8/24/2011 8:30:00 PM

    Dr. Ram-Wow-such a lovely poem and such a huge deserving win! I am so happy for you :)

  1. Date: 8/24/2011 6:17:00 PM

    Congratulations Dr Mehta on your win

  1. Date: 8/24/2011 3:42:00 PM

    One of the most exquisite poem I have read in a long time. So beautiful, makes my words cheap. In simple words I loved it, Ode to you Dr. Ram. Sorry it took a while I was out of

  1. Date: 8/23/2011 8:39:00 PM

    congratulations on your 2nd place win! I remember liking this the 1st time i read it :)

  1. Date: 8/23/2011 8:16:00 PM

    A true praise for beauty, Dr Mehta, I wish I came to know you better. To me it looks like India, because US, I think doesn't have much of landscape. Congrats.

  1. Date: 8/23/2011 7:56:00 PM

    Congrats Dr. Ram on your second place win in PS contest.. well deserved for your creative ability always my friend..luv..

  1. Date: 8/23/2011 7:32:00 PM

    wonderful piece Dr.Ram.Congratulations on your win.I`m proud of you.keep it up,friend.Continue to fly higher and higher...

  1. Date: 8/23/2011 3:35:00 PM

    Congratulations April, 2011 2nd Place Contest Winner! I was absolutely spellbound as I read on to the finish. You certainly deserved this honor. Great job! Caryl Ramsdale

  1. Date: 8/23/2011 12:48:00 PM

    congrats Dr. its a really nice piece.