Introducing the Author:
In the world of Children’s Literature, Ruskin Bond is one name whose simplicity of prose and ingenuity of imagination can fascinate the mind of any child reader. To begin with, his stories are as simple as the mind that reads it, his imagery sketching a vivid and colorful canvas as you turn the pages, his descriptions more like a picture in the storybook that at no point gets dull and similar. The beauty of reading Bond is that one doesn’t have to struggle at every line with its vocabulary and as the reading is quite unhindered one can enjoy the story rather than diverting the attention every now and then towards the dictionary, thus, unconsciously enhancing the vocabulary, literary and creative aptitude of the child.
This leaf, so complete in itself,
Is only part of the tree.
And this tree, so complete in itself,
Is only part of the forest.
And the forest runs down from the hill to the sea,
And the sea, so complete in itself,
Rests like a raindrop
In the hand of God.
The “Raindrop” is a very simple, short and beautiful poem of Ruskin Bond consisting of just eight lines. The poem is very lyrical and the meaning is very simple, trying to make a child understand the completeness of nature in every single creation of God. To make a child understand how God makes each of His creation unique, beautiful and complete in itself but at the same time it is also a part of the bigger world without which its existence is incomplete, the poet takes the example of a simple leaf. The leaf is in itself a complete thing, having its own color, shape and features but at the same time it is a part of the bigger tree. Without the tree, a leaf cannot exist. In the same manner, the tree is also “only part of the forest” that extends from hill to the sea. A single tree cannot make a forest. In the same manner, “the sea” is very huge and complete in itself but its completeness is completed only by the creation of God and in the hands of God, the huge sea just like a small “raindrop”. Thus, through this small and wonderful poem, Bond tries to tell the children how unique and beautiful each of God’s creation is. From the smallest to the largest thing, all of nature is “complete in itself” but at the same time it is only a part of the larger continuum without which its completeness will lose its meaning.
complete- total or having everything, itself- the object implying to the self, rests – not in motion
Source: Ruskin Bond’s Book of Verse