Tuesday, 17 March 2015

The Birds


They arrived here last year

And made a litchi tree of our neighbor

Their home

The white bellied pond herons

With a buff-brown back

Strangely there wasn’t any water body

Where they roosted

Even croaky frogs left disgusted

As the pond was sucked up

And a dry new land appeared

For new houses, new life new happiness…….

With the pond


The fishes, crustaceans and aquatic insects

Did the herons go foraging a long distance?

Strange is the way of Mother Nature

She must have fed the birds well

Otherwise how would they sing

Their night away

With those hoarse songs

And scare the skeptic owls?

The topsy-turvy dance of Nature

Scares me

Reminds me of Apocalypse

What’s gone wrong I wonder

They are still here

Their tribe multiplying


Have they seen Hitchcock’s birds?



Posted for Peggy’s prompt Looking Back @ Poetry Jam


  1. Tragic the way we are encroaching upon their livelihood

  2. Very powerful, Sumana. Your poem reads like a poetic observation of Nature, until one reaches the last lines. Then the mentions of Apocalypse and Hitchcock chill our bones.

  3. Life can be observed so well in the freedom of birds. There is a real mirror of how we are meant to live, in the way birds are provided for.

  4. Mother Nature cannot always be understood. This situation sounds very eerie really..especially with the mention of Hitchcock's birds.

  5. everyone finds a way to survive!

  6. We have herons nesting in our area as well and they do not seem to always choose to be near water--and yes those croaky voices! And who can predict what nature will do? Thanks for posting this.

  7. Mother nature kind at times and harsh at times. Beautiful poem, Sumana

  8. A compelling nature sketch tinged with a bit of dark irony. Well done, Sumana!

  9. Hello Sumana,

    What a lovely poem! Such fantastic imagery! Inspired.

    Thank you for your kind words! Lol your comment was received instantly don't worry. Just replied. So nice to meet you!


  10. That's such a thought provoking poem Sumona.. keep it up..


  11. Sumana,

    A lovely poem, which captures interest as well as a puzzlement about the reasons for the birds to stay..I love the reference to Hitchcock and his birds..Scary thoughts...


  12. Nicely written with its vivid concluding line! We have a great blue heron who lives at our pond. We let him fish freely!

  13. "Strange is the way of Mother Nature" i luv this line and yes i say the movie you mentioned

    nice write

    much love...

  14. A poem that tells lot about your observance :)
    Even I have sparrows nesting in my balcony, shall look after them. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Beautifully written poem, Sumana. A very timely reminder about what we are doing to our environment and how it harms the other living species we share the planet with.


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