Treasure Island

Subbaraman N V

(31st July 1941 / Karaikkudi - Tamilnadu- India)

Birds of Siberia


Great Creator of this beautiful world
Fortunate I am to see this mystic mould
Insects and worms, reptiles and fishes
Birds and animals in myriad hues one wishes
Every creation has a message to deliver
Every section has a lesson to ponder!

Season discomfort, climate wild, water scarce
Making dynamism of men and women a farce
Beautiful Ruffs and lovely Reaves
All from central Asia and Eastern Europe leave
For comfortable sanctuary of South Indian coast
Sans mariner's compus, rador, computers men may boast
Fly all their way with their tender wings
Thousands of miles to return by Spring!

You and I high fly mortals
Groan and mourn under portals
Of famine and flood, quake and cyclone - nature's fury
Sent to mend the ways of society - Nature sitting as jury!

Let us fly to greener pasture
Just as ruffs and reeves do at India
Earn ouir life and joy and go into rapture
Taking message from the birds of Siberia!

Submitted: Thursday, September 20, 2007
Edited: Sunday, April 10, 2011

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  • Gita Ashok (6/25/2010 4:30:00 AM)

    Such a beautiful one with a loud and clear message at the end. I feel like going to Siberia or to the South Indian coast right away as I am yet to see the ruffs and reaves in the city where I live. I do spot the little green barbet from the Himalayas on the gulmohur tree outside my window sometimes! (Report) Reply

  • Vidi Writes (1/10/2009 7:18:00 AM)

    'Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.”

    This is what i could digest.

    Its like watching a canvas
    Painted with the power of nature
    Its like that wonderful design
    Embroidered by your imagination. (Report) Reply

  • Saiom Shriver (6/23/2008 2:10:00 PM)

    Dear Subbaraman,

    A beautiful poem

    I wish you would post the Tamil underneath the English that we might be educated (Report) Reply

  • Kesav Easwaran (6/13/2008 2:36:00 AM)

    'Fly all their way with their tender wings
    Thousands of miles to return by Spring! '
    poet's love for nature flies high in these lines in tandem with the siberian birds... (Report) Reply

  • Francis Duggan (1/30/2008 5:12:00 AM)

    This is a great poem Subbaraman you are indeed a person who loves and is inspired by Nature (Report) Reply

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