The Seventeen Mile Drive

Driving through this dreamy stretch

Is an other worldly experience

A kaleidoscope of images

That conjure a surreal maze

I would give my all to get lost in.

Forsooth, I would love to be

A prisoner without parole

If only to live here

And to die here.

No, I don’t wish to reside

In the mansions that dot this place

Nor am I eager to tee off here

On the finest grass ever grown

Nor do I crave human company

Nor of gods.

I hunger not for cuisine

Nor thirst for vintage wine

Nor even ambrosia

If that be served here.

I seek the serene company

Of the majestic pines and junipers

The redwoods and manzanitas

The oaks and cypresses.

I seek their loftiness and grace

Their language of silence

Their balmy benevolence. The truths they communicate

That no scriptures articulate.

I would give my all

For the breathtaking Catalpas

That welcome me tenderly

With their hearts spread out

in a wide canopy.

I would never tire watching

The daisies and buttercups

Buck weed and Poison ivy

That soak the sun and drink the fog

To weave the magic carpets

That fly you to eternity.

I can't take my eyes off

The mystical cypress grove Trees frozen in existence

Unabashed in their nakedness

Their limbs stretched out


Weaving tantalizing patterns

Speaking through their starkness

Pulsating with life

Even as they seem dead!

But how can anything die here

In this chosen slice of earth

That breathes immortality?

*Dr. K L Chowdhury Dr. K L Chowdhury retired as a Professor of Medicine, Medical College, Srinagar. Presently he is the Director of a charitable institution, Shriya Bhatt Mission Hospital and Research Center, Durga Nagar, Jammu.
He is a physician and neurologist, a medical researcher, poet, social activist. He writes on diverse subjects – medical, literary, social and political and has numerous research papers to his credit, his pioneering work being “The Health Trauma in a Displaced Population” which was presented at national and international conferences.
He has published three anthologies namely:
1- “Of Gods, Men and Militants”. Minerva Press (Pvt.) India -2000
2- “A Thousand-Petalled Garland and other Poems”. Writers Workshop Kolkata – 2003
3- “Enchanting world of Infants” Peacock Books, Atlantic Publishers and Distributors-2007
He was declared Shehjar's 'Kashmiri Person of the year' for 2007.
What an amazing poet and person you are Dr. Chowdhury. I have read this 3 times already.
Added By Vijay Trisal
Both poems depict the glory of the Lord and our oneness with the supreme self. Always enjoy your creativity.
Added By Chand Bhan