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

  • 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

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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Dr Dillip K Swain (6/11/2018 1:08:00 AM)


    In specific different parts of the world parrots are considered as pet birds! They are intelligent and highly social birds, can effortlessly imitate the language of human beings! They are so naïve, appear lovely with captivating colors! However, the apathy is that they are caged and forbidden to exercise their freedom to fly! That is the theme of this beautiful poem! (Part I) (Report) Reply

  • Rajendra Rout (5/15/2018 8:57:00 PM)


    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 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
    Lovely poem madam
    (Report) Reply

  • Narayanan Kutty Pozhath (5/1/2018 12:50:00 AM)


    Beautiful narration of a parrot in a cage and its thoughts. Wonderful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Jez Brul (3/25/2018 6:50:00 AM)


    This is such a great poem that bespeaks freedom and the essence of existence...thanks for sharing dear Bharati..10+++++++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (3/16/2018 10:22:00 AM)


    Mj Lemon, your comment made me visit this poem again..Yes, nothing is more valuable than freedom.
    Thank you for reading my poem and your precious opinion.
    (Report) Reply

  • (3/15/2018 12:19:00 PM)


    Caged so long, one cannot negotiate freedom. That second stanza I find magnificent. There are no gilded substitutes for being able to express one's freedom. I am reminded, Stone walls do not a prison make... Terrific poem, Bharati. (Report) Reply

  • Ranjan Kumar Ghosh (12/10/2017 10:39:00 PM)


    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 thanks madame for your lovely poem shearing10++++++
    (Report) Reply

  • Dr Dillip K Swain (11/14/2017 10:03:00 AM)


    The last stanza is captivating Loved the way it is penned..10 (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (11/1/2017 10:21:00 PM)


    But my wings
    that have forgotten
    the art of flying
    may fall a prey
    to some vultures...........................Ironny so nicely painted in this touching poem!
    (Report) Reply

  • Rupert Hentzau (10/28/2017 10:00:00 AM)


    I get the feeling that you tried to translate this poem from your native tongue. The English is stilted. Take for instance, the last two lines. It should be: Let that ungrateful bird meet a graceless end. Not 'the graceless end'. Again: 'You see my bright green feathers and my beautiful read beak.' But you have written: 'the beautiful red beak']

    To read the poem in English, creates problems like these. Obviously, you are not familiar with the English language. But it was a brave attempt.
    (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak (10/28/2017 10:18:00 AM)

    Thanks a lot for your valuable comment.You rightly pointed out.I have penned this poem originally in my native language-Odia, You may not have heard about this language.It is the native language spoken by people of Odisha, Odisha is a state of India lying on its eastern coast.

    This poem is not exact translation.And I admit there may be many flaws in my English.Hope you read some of my other poems and give your kind opinion.

  • Dr Dillip K Swain (10/14/2017 8:36:00 AM)


    A fantastic poem..! Penned from the heart..Deep regards (Report) Reply

  • Binayakumar Mohanty (10/13/2017 10:27:00 AM)


    Though winged I am caged. This is the irony of caged bird. I enjoyed it. Mam.The poem deserves huge 10++++pls read and comment on. my poem The Wonder Bird. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/12/2017 8:13:00 AM)


    Parrot flutters wings amazingly and tender sound attracts attention while parrot flies. Trapped bird never gets joy. Every bird needs freedom. This is an interesting poem beautifully presented...10 (Report) Reply

  • Prabhata Kumar Sahoo (9/4/2017 6:32:00 AM)


    Many have lost pets, Me also.I, my family got deep hurt.But I couldn't write what the poet could do so accurately​.Thisis important.10 (Report) Reply

  • Dev Anand (8/19/2017 5:44:00 AM)


    But my wings
    that have forgotten
    the art of flying
    may fall a prey......though winged i am caged....... sorrow, sadness, pain, suffering....... so much u convey in this beautiful poem.. thank you. dev
    (Report) Reply

    Rajendra Rout (5/15/2018 8:58:00 PM)

    I agree with you Dev Anand

  • Madhuram Sharma (8/13/2017 11:47:00 AM)


    very nice poetry......dear poet (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 22, 2015

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 13, 2017


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