Rani Turton

A Mad Bird Was I

I walked down that lonely road
That sinuous, torturous bend
You know how I hated
The cold, the distance, my thoughts.

My thoughts flew back and forth
Like a mad bird blinded by the light
I was lost; I was lonely; I was in pain
A mad bird was I.
There was no way out of this blundering

Floundering directionless path to nowhere.
There was no way out and the how and the whys
Were the least of it all.

I was like that mad bird in full, haphazard flight.

Submitted: Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Edited: Wednesday, April 02, 2008


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  • Rookie Dr.tony Brahmin (4/30/2010 3:51:00 PM)

    liked these lines.

    I was like that mad bird in full, haphazard flight..
    good self-realization.. good poetry that leads to self-....
    thank u for sharing. would like to hear ur comments on my poems. thank u (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 58 Points Matt Mooney (7/2/2009 5:36:00 PM)

    'A Mad Bird Was I ' has great vibrations for me. A great poem of emotion in a tail spin-to use a pun! ' How could you tell a bird in such a state that 'God's help is nearer than the door' (An old Irish saying) . (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kale Beaudry (4/17/2009 3:42:00 AM)

    I love delving into the format of the poem... hypothetical questions: was it intentional? accidental? Does it further the overall message of what's being said?

    A mad, mad bird was you. Different taste from another good poet. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 66 Points Sathyanarayana M V S (7/22/2008 3:32:00 AM)

    Brillient with required mellowed tones...took me to another world. But felt not enough! coluld have been further expanded into few more thoughts
    sathya narayana (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 29 Points Robert Howard (5/26/2008 5:36:00 PM)

    Masterful imagery. You invoke the frustrations and anguish that we all feel when our worlds are turned upside down. Outstanding poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mamta Agarwal (5/20/2008 4:40:00 AM)

    Rani, you have captured the torment and agony we go though at some point in life. the metaphor of the mad bird has been very skillfully employed to convey your state of mind. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Vidi Writes (5/5/2008 12:58:00 PM)

    There is gloom time in everyone's life
    Once you get pinched to the pain most...

    You go out of the way
    You try the unconventional way...

    If you retain the enthusiasm
    At any cost of time and space
    you will be blessed with
    Spectrum of ways
    To caml yourself.

    Everyone becomes a Mad Bird
    One or the other time
    But how you find direction
    Relies, all, on your weight.

    Nice one.Thank You. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie David Desantis (5/5/2008 10:24:00 AM)

    This is an interesting metaphor, I've never really thought about it, but the idea of a mad bird flying directionlessly is quite intriquing. Great poem, your feelings are conveyed well, i hope you feel better (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Ben Gieske (4/2/2008 2:59:00 PM)

    I think that one reason to write poetry is to work through our conflicts. It is nice of you to make a confession and share your turmoils with us. We have much in common. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Gale (3/7/2008 9:49:00 PM)

    Great poem!
    This tenner of a poem, reminds me of my mental blocked poem.
    Ideas can either fly haphazardly or come to a screeching halt in time.
    God bless all poets and readers alike-MJG. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tsira Goge (2/9/2008 4:33:00 AM)

    '... I was like that mad bird in full, haphazard flight. '... Good poems, yours the feeling is very poetical, do not worry, at poets it often arrives a bird.... Tsira (Report) Reply

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