Fruits of the Earth

Sumitranandan Pant

“Aah Dharti Kitna Deti Hain”, a poem written by Sumitranandan Pant, has its root driven from adage, “As you sow, so shall you reap”. A narration intended to bring forth and throw lights, showing variance between evergreen nature and the materialistic cupidity of men. The Hindi texts were translated by W. M Murray as Fruits of the Earth.

During his childhood period, his imagination was placed in seeing a penny grew up into a tree, out of that curiosity he planted a penny and waited for the opportune moment for it to sprout. He thought that he would see in future a penny tree full of pennies as fruits which would help him to become a fat millionaire an’ he would walk the streets with pride. Unfortunately, his dreams shattered into pieces when he couldn’t see any stem of the penny tree making its way out of the earth.  Pant tried to find traces of it but no single sprout came on that barren land, which made him sorrowful an’ dejected. Thereafter he realized that his dreams had no meanings and it was unwise to plant a penny.

A penny doesn’t have any life like other beings, henceforth it couldn’t be turned into a huge tree.

Fifty years have passed. One rainy day, the poet planted some bean seeds into the soaked sod in the corner of his courtyard. Pressed in rows, they resembled jewels tied at the hem of earth’s saree. He thought of the moment not worth remembering and totally forgets about placing seeds into the soaked sod. Some days later, while walking around, he saw his seeds sprouting, resembling like a tiny row of dwarfs holding green umbrella’s over their heads.  He imagined them as small fledglings that have just hatched from the eggs and trying to reach the sky.  Pant was overwhelmed by the pleasing and alluring presence of the puny plants and compares them to a miniature army, standing firm and straight like soldiers in rows in battalion.

Fruits of the Earth

Each day he watched them grow bigger and immense, leaves of the plant becoming more greenish to form a canopy of velvet green which soothes his eyes. He notices new tendrils rising an’ swinging on the frame which again brings forth fresh shoots and springs.

The bean canopy flowered and it is compared to a spray of stars in the sky. Like stars scattered in the sky, the flowers are scattered all over canopy, scattered yet grafted to the branches of the plant; appear as white form on the crest of waves. In poet’s imagination, the flowers resemble as pearl beads in hair.

At the harvesting times, he found the fruits sweeter and compares them sometimes as long fingers or swords, and sometimes emerald necklaces. These instances show how Pant has molded his imagination and given them a perfect shape and size to limn the imagery of the nature. It was more than enough to feed neighbors, friends, relatives, which made him to realize the laws of nature, for Mother Nature doesn’t negotiate between rich and poor and tries to maintain a balance so that every mouth could benefit from her. If the penny tree would have sprouted, it surely would’ve disturbed the balance and equality which is prime motive of the nature. Pant came to understand the term of equality only when he witnesses the merry and joy of watching the nature’s bountiful supply to the mankind.

If you sow seed that has the potential of life, it will produce “golden crops of humanity” and it comes from life’s labor. Law of Nature: “as you sow, so you reap”

The beauty of nature and its nurturing spirit has been shown very well with Pant’s striking and colorful imagery. Pant entwined his emotions with vivid description of nature, for which he is compared with William Wordsworth.