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Save my giloy cruel clutches of crane

This short poem addresses issues related to plant protection as well as blooming medical institutions “which need to be well looked after by state so that they do not become victim of vicious prejudice of regulator and so called self-styled conscience keepers.”

Dr Shridhar Dwivedi
Dr Shridhar Dwivedi

Save my giloy* cruel clutches of crane

What a joy tiny creeper giloy climbing up on majestic neem tree,
Growing amidst jamun arjun gular ber and bael rich in medicine,
Providing solace shade cool and relief blooming in that garden,
Keeping pace with giants giloy struggling winding around big tree I

Gardener a greedy chap interested in pennies trees not his priority,
Visiting homo sapiens pick up neem twigs violently hurting branches,
Peel away bark stem core of arjuna leaving it crying without remorse,
Bael too young to procreate fruit top leaves taken for holy rituals what a pity I

Folk suffering sugar children for fun broke entire jamun branch leaving it naked,
Someone with viral fever pulled down whole giloy just leaving a leafless stump,
Wasn’t it foolish to destroy entire plant for a pretty selfish gain gardener not in sight,
Who shall check this cruelty my Lord save my giloy cruel clutches of crane I

Agreed giloy is not that big as neem not as decorative as arjuna not so delicious as jamun,
Nor that fruitful as gular thorny as ber or holy as bael it does protect mankind from infections,
Why destroy this minuscule creeper deface this pretty garden only because no one restrains you,
Nature so kind so merciful shall protect my garden my giloy not to be uprooted remain distinct I

Poet’s Note: *Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) is a medicinal herb used for common cough and cold. It is also said to diminish the intense pain and fever in dengue fever. I have used this simile for HIMSR (Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research), the medical college of Jamia Hamdard. The other trees symbolize the other established medical institutes of NCR. The medicinal uses of other plants are as follows: Neem (Azadirachta indica) — dental, hypoglycaemic, antiseptic, antipyretic; Jamun (Eugenia jambolana) — diabetes, raised lipids/cholesterol; Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) — heart pain / angina.

Prof Shridhar Dwivedi
Senior Consultant Cardiologist, National Heart Institute, New Delhi
Founding Dean/Principal, HIMSR, Jamia Hamdard (Retired)
HOD Medicine, Delhi University College of Medical Sciences & GTB Hospital (Retired)

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