rajendran muthiah

(16.03.1950)

A Bird Sanctuary (Vedanthangal-TamilNadu, India)


The calls of birds
Of hues varied
lull all to sleep.
Vedanthangal(Shelter of the Hunters) ,
the rain fed tank,
is the haven for
Cormorants,
the Night Herons,
the Darters, Ducks
Grey Pelicans
and the Moor Hens….

Birds from continents diverse
nest on the Kadamba Trees,
feed, breed and fly around,
dip in water, catch fish
and hop to the trees in glee.

O, that sadist hurls a fish above
and takes it back within its bills!
The world of birds has a lot to teach.
The black, white and grey birds perch side by side.

Birds, plants and animals
give man his essential needs.
But he cuts their throats to fill his bellies.
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Submitted: Monday, January 23, 2012

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  • Valsa George (2/5/2013 10:53:00 PM)

    Birds of varied hues and contours are a source of perennial joy! How they map their aerial routes and return to their nests is still a wonder to me! ! Without these feathered folks and their enchanting songs, how barren our lives would have been! ! Enjoyed this visit to the bird sanctuary! ! (Report) Reply

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (9/2/2012 4:01:00 AM)

    The irony in the last para' touches the heart. There is a wrong notion that non-vegetarian food only gives strength to the body. Actually my opinion is not so. Let us all mankind be veggies so that we don't harm animals and birds for 'filling our bellies.'Nice poem, Sir. Thanks and best wishes (Report) Reply

  • Pheko Motaung (2/22/2012 6:44:00 AM)

    Oh God! Unkind humanity! Ungrateful mankind! The creatures out there are our friends! Stop the mindless violence! Stop the cruel slaughter! We are thankful to you Sir! For this timely slaughter.For my part I shall refrain from eaten meat! (Report) Reply

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