Lovers Observed: a Poem by Ruskin Bond
Lovers lie drowsy in the grass,
Sunk in bracken, swimming in pools
Of late afternoon sunshine;
All agitation past, they stay totally
Absorbed in grass.
Green grass, and growing from that place
A sweep of languid arm still bare
But for a lost ladybird.
Anonymous lover brushes a dragon
Fly from his face.
Brief thunder blossoms in the air,
A leaf between the thighs is caught
And crushed. Love comes like a thief,
Crouching among the bruised and broken clover.
All flesh in grass.
Summary of the Poem:
A couple or say lovers lying idle in long grass. But their observed state makes someone lose the life. It is a ladybird, an insect, which epitomizes positivity, found in long grass like bracken.
It’s a short poem, quite straightforward - and the poet emphasis that humans no matter what they do they cause some or little harm to the nature. In this poem, you see how lovers try to fly away that ladybird thinking it a dragon, which later gets crashed when one of the lovers crouch.
It implies two things - lovers love to stay away from worldly commotion. And second their longing for being secluded amid long grass caused a dragon fly die, which was so harmless and cute. However, the lovers have no idea about their deed. Strange - isn't it?
Be it any Ruskin Bond popular book, he never leaves out the theme of nature open for discussion.