Bharati Nayak


Parrot - Poem by Bharati Nayak

Though winged
I am caged
I flutter my wings
As if to fly
They get hurt by the ironrailings

The milked rice
And the good nuts
That I am served
Do not satisfy
As I dream
Of the open sky
Where I do belong.

You ask me
Oh Parrot! How are you?
You see my bright green feathers
And my beautiful red beak
I answer in my clatter
Which you can not understand
andthink
I belong to rich and so live in lavish


On some careless day
My owner may
Keep the cage open
I may get a chance to fly
But my wings
that have forgotten
the art of flying
may fall a prey
to some vultures
My good owner and his neighbors
Will curse me,
O.K, O.K
Let that ungratefulbird
Meet a graceless end.

Topic(s) of this poem: bird, freedom, life


Comments about Parrot by Bharati Nayak

  • Prabir Gayen (7/16/2019 1:43:00 AM)

    Let that ungratefulbird
    Meet a graceless end.....fine
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (5/1/2019 7:01:00 AM)

    A thought provoking poem on freedom and bird is nicely and aptly executed. I don't want the birds to be in cage. Beautiful poem bearing beautiful message. Thank you again dear madam. (Report)Reply

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  • Deborah Cromer (3/9/2019 10:59:00 AM)

    I enjoyed this and can relate to it well. I raised parrots and birds in San Diego, California. This is a real look of what is there and most do not even think about. Good job! (Report)Reply

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  • Prabir Gayen (3/9/2019 7:53:00 AM)

    Ever stanza is beautiful and thought provoking...thanks (Report)Reply

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  • (3/9/2019 7:52:00 AM)

    Each stanza is beautiful...pangs of abdication with joy of freedom...juxtaposed..thanks dear poetess.. (Report)Reply

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  • Prabir Gayen (3/9/2019 7:50:00 AM)

    On some careless day
    My owner may
    Keep the cage open
    I may get a chance to fly
    But my wings
    that have forgotten
    the art of flying
    may fall a prey
    to some vultures
    My good owner and his neighbors
    Will curse me,
    O.K, O.K
    Let that ungratefulbird
    Meet a graceless end.
    (Report)Reply

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  • Prabir Gayen (3/9/2019 7:49:00 AM)

    You ask me
    Oh Parrot! How are you?
    You see my bright green feathers
    And my beautiful red beak
    I answer in my clatter
    Which you can not understand
    andthink
    I belong to rich and so live in lavish
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  • Prabir Gayen (3/9/2019 7:48:00 AM)

    The milked rice
    And the good nuts
    That I am served
    Do not satisfy
    As I dream
    Of the open sky
    Where I do belong.
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  • Prabir Gayen (3/9/2019 7:48:00 AM)

    Though winged
    I am caged
    I flutter my wings
    As if to fly
    They get hurt by the ironrailings
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  • C Faustino (2/26/2019 8:26:00 PM)

    Beautifully crafted verse about caged souls who despite being fed and surrounded by riches and even by proper care will always always yearn for freedom. Very well done. (Report)Reply

    Bharati Nayak(2/27/2019 7:31:00 AM)

    Thank you Chito Faustino for your kind comment.

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  • Aniruddha Pathak (1/3/2019 4:54:00 AM)

    The poem brings out the value of freedom to the flyers.
    Life is not living in comfort and care.
    And what happens when freedom comes too late?
    Well-writ.
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    Bharati Nayak(1/8/2019 7:54:00 AM)

    Thank you so much Sir, for your valuable comment.Your view makes me see this poem in a new light.We get imprisoned in our comfort zone and dare not come out from this care.When we realise our imprisoned status, it may be too late to break the iron chain.

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  • Adiela Akoo (11/25/2018 11:12:00 AM)

    The desire for free so beautifully depicted in this poem (Report)Reply

    Bharati Nayak(1/8/2019 7:47:00 AM)

    Thank you Adiela Akoo for your kind appreciation.

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/21/2018 3:20:00 PM)

    The milked rice
    And the good nuts
    That I am served
    Do not satisfy
    As I dream
    Of the open sky
    Where I do belong..........touching expression with nice theme. It is really a beautiful poem on freedom having stunning expression.
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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (10/25/2018 9:38:00 PM)

    There is a say in Malayalam, Bandhura kanchana.........the ultimate meaning of which is imprisonment is imprisonment, no matter though it is in a cage of gold. Imprisonment is dreadful than death. A very good poem (Report)Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi (10/16/2018 6:45:00 PM)

    Saddest thing about the life is when we dream but become so comfortable with our surroundings that we are scared to venture out. Parrot’s thoughts and helpless atttitude are such a perfect example. Beautiful use of metaphor in a lovely poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (10/8/2018 3:39:00 AM)

    The milked rice
    And the good nuts
    That I am served
    Do not satisfy
    As I dream
    Of the open sky
    Where I do belong...the cry of a caged bird........ the beauty of the skies, the trees, the nature, the clear flowing water of the flowing stream, my companion birds.......... all i want to enjoy. but......... such a fine poem with a wonderful imagination my dear poetess Bharati.. tony
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    Bharati Nayak(10/8/2018 4:13:00 AM)

    Many thanks Dr. Tony Brahmin for reading and commenting.It is a pleasure to see you on my page after a long gap.

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  • Howard The Motivational Poet Simon (6/28/2018 6:57:00 AM)

    Such a powerful picture here painted about the desire for freedom. Well done my friend! (Report)Reply

    Bharati Nayak(10/8/2018 4:11:00 AM)

    Thank you Howard for your inspiring comment.

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (6/11/2018 1:10:00 AM)

    The lofty imagination tinged with poetic emotion favoring a caged bird is beautifully portrayed in this magnificent piece of poetry! Though the theme is identical to Maya Angelou’s ‘Caged Bird’ but you have expressed it differently in different tone…that makes it a poem of different taste! It’s a brilliant poem! To MyPoemList (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (6/11/2018 1:09:00 AM)

    I would prefer to move to the last stanza, “On some careless day/My owner may/Keep the cage open/I may get a chance to fly” …….I admire the way you have dived deep into the psyche of a parrot and her inner feelings of getting a possible freedom on some golden day at some loose moment when the owner would be kind enough to let her fly in full swings! (Part III) (Report)Reply

    Bharati Nayak(10/8/2018 4:09:00 AM)

    Thank you Dillip for such a wonderful review of the poem.I am so grateful.

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (6/11/2018 1:09:00 AM)

    In opening stanza, you have rightly articulated inward pain of a parrot, “Though winged/I am caged/I flutter my wings/As if to fly/They get hurt by the iron railings” How sensible it is to reflect upon! Many times we ignore this terrible apathy of an innocent bird! (Part II) (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 22, 2015

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 13, 2017


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