Palas Kumar Ray
I never thought of
encountering with the Owls.
But the reality always differs.
My silvery mood now tempts me
to write about owls
who are just like we poets
who can see what is what
alone by nights.
Chance I take must
to tell you that
owls have a wonderful place
in our Hindu religion
as the companion
of our Goddess
of prosperity and wealth
Laxmi or Lakhsmi.
Check wiki it's written there
'It is believed that she showers
wealth this night.
She, along with her mount
the great white owl
descends to earth and takes away
the darkness of poverty
and laziness from our lives.
Her vahana white owl represents
royalities, penetrating sight
Hope you find our religion
very scientific one.
Visiting a Hindu Bengali home
be it in Bengal, Tripura or Assam
or anywhere in Bangladesh
in a Laxmi puja night
which is a full moon
generally in October every year
you will find
this white owl
is also being worshiped
with mata Laxmi as her vahana.
Don't you find it very very interesting?
You are most cordially invited
to have her blessings
in any of our home
on such an auspicious night.
Think, how insightful
having owls as her companion!
Otherwise the owls
must have been
an endangered species on earth.
No one loved them as birds.
As a child
I would also be afraid of them
for reason not yet known.
Are they extinguished?
haunts my mind.
Now I remember
almost a decade ago
I met them last
when a mother owl sheltered
her nestlings in a big coconut tree-
just besides our window
and they were very afraid of us.
Perhaps we did not feel
comfortable with them.
Perhaps we did something
that they had to go.
I have sorrows
but they do not come back.
© Palas Kumar Ray.All rights reserved.
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