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 iron railings

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 the beautiful red beak
I answer in my clatter
Which you can not understand
and think
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 ungrateful bird
Meet the graceless end.

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


Comments about Parrot by Bharati Nayak

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


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

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  • (8/3/2017 4:29:00 PM)


    I love your poetry! ! The milked rice, and the good nuts that I am served do not satisfy, the parrot is to fancy the rich who has no mercy for the bird whose dreams are taken, your poetry is a gem, you write with your heart my friend! (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (5/12/2017 3:19:00 AM)


    a nice poem of a caged bird well treated but a prisoner from the freedom of the skies? .........well written (Report) Reply

  • Vaidyanathan Ram Iyer (4/26/2017 6:44:00 AM)


    The birds are created in nature,
    We need to protect its future.
    Nice poem, Nice lines, but sorrowful keeping the birds in cage.
    Thank you.
    (Report) Reply

  • Siddartha Montik (12/15/2016 10:11:00 AM)

    Touching!
    Though winged
    I am caged
    I flutter my wings
    As if to fly.. the beginning..

    so much we do for our fun and clip the wings in cages..
    when would we realize the very freedom we want is also for all Creatures?
    What makes and gives us sense to know from such simple things?

    Why cant we see for freedom and enjoy that in Nature?
    Where do we clip our minds in all this and cant get free from?

    Thanks for sharing this Parrot Bharathiji.. Liked the Idea and feel! 10+++
    (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (12/29/2016 4:49:00 AM)

    Thak you Siddartha Montik for your nice comment.Really, Why cant we see for freedom and enjoy that in Nature? ''
    Where do we clip our minds in all this and cant get free from?

  • Bri Edwards (12/10/2016 2:07:00 PM)


    Bharati, i shall put the poem into Section B of December's showcase as it STILL appears here now. ha ha

    [i did 'SUGGEST' some changes in my earlier comment(s) , but i won't worry about them.]

    the poem is VERY entertaining. it shall give readers and opportunity to put their own 'spin' on the 'story'.

    thanks, bri :)
    (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (12/11/2016 7:19:00 AM)

    Many many thanks Bri Edwards for taking it into your Show-case..I hope more readers will give their views on this poem

  • Robert Murray Smith (10/28/2016 2:30:00 PM)

    Parrot
    This poem touches a nerve. Should humans cage other creatures? 10

    Robert
    (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (12/11/2016 7:15:00 AM)

    It is really inhuman to put animals in cage.Separated from their family and their own familiar environment their lives must be very painful.But we do it for our pleasure.

  • (10/11/2016 11:59:00 PM)


    A beautiful and touching poem, independence has no alternate. (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (10/12/2016 12:57:00 AM)

    Thank you Khalida Bano.Independence has no alternate.I again agree with Rousseau- - Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.Without a free mind it is very difficult to progress.

  • Geetha Jayakumar (8/1/2016 11:00:00 AM)


    Wow...Just wonderful. I wrote a poem on similar theme not on parrot but a bird, long back. But I didnt post it as it was not rhyming well. I like the concept and you have presented well. Loved it. (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (8/1/2016 12:53:00 PM)

    Many thanks for your lovely comment on my poem.It is long time since I am having your wonderful words on my poem.Please post your poem on Poem Hunter and give us chance to read it.

  • Sasanka Sekhar Panda (7/17/2016 7:41:00 AM)


    excellence in the supreme. It is simply extraordinary.. (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (8/1/2016 12:56:00 PM)

    Your words of appreciation are highly valued.Thank you very much.

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (7/8/2016 7:40:00 PM)


    A compelling and creative cry for freedom yet echos of imprisonment and impotence reverberates. Well done my friend! (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (8/1/2016 1:03:00 PM)

    Rousseau said-Man is born free but every where he is in chains.This imprisonment may be physical or mental.The pressure of society can restrict individual freedom.The point is how to balance this freedom against social pressure.The answer lies in the person himself.

  • (6/14/2016 2:39:00 AM)


    I hope you will call up my old poem, 'A Flight of Parakeets', which I wrote
    decades ago, after coming home and seeing an array of green birds like
    arrows at dusk.
    Good theme, but I don't know enough about ornithology, but we still see crows,
    eagles, egrets, herons and ibises from our high balcony some mornings just after
    sunrise.
    Best wishes, AM
    (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (7/9/2016 8:42:00 PM)

    Thanks for reading and appreciating my poem.Birds are so beautiful creature.Besides being beautiful in variety of colorful feathers, they can sing and fly.Man dreamed and built aeroplanes by observing birds.It is most torturing when a bird is kept in a cage.Of course no living creature likes to be caged except in love.

  • Bri Edwards (5/21/2016 11:19:00 PM)


    Maybe chatter in place of clatter, though I think clatter might be ok.

    Instead of in lavish, I would use lavishly.

    Thank goodness I don't try using a language which is not my 'primary' language. Your English is great, assuming you do not or have not used it as your primary language your whole ('short') life. Actually, I will say that your English is quite superior to that used by many Americans, perhaps myself included!

    I looked at some of the other comments. Some readers look at the poem as being about a bird, as I do, while others think it is making a statement about humans who lack 'freedom'. Either way, it is a fine poem and shall go into MyPoemList.

    My good friend Valsa George says 'a bird can be never happy' kept in a cage. I wonder how many caged birds she has discussed this with. Hmm?

    I would use fall prey, but fall a prey may be fine as well. (Remember: not all PH poets know ALL the correct ways of the English language! !)

    I've been enjoying the story very much, but I doubt a vulture could catch a live parrot, even if the parrot could not fly well. Perhaps you could use eagles, falcons, or some other raptor/bird of prey.

    Who needs owners like THAT! ! ! !

    :)

    Bri
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    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (7/9/2016 8:57:00 PM)

    I should thank you Bri Edwards for this brilliant analysis of my poem..

  • (5/17/2016 11:04:00 PM)


    Life is indeed a challenge and the onus is upon us not to feel caged. Parrot speaks to the heart. Beautiful lines. (Report) Reply

  • (4/28/2016 10:33:00 AM)


    How true! We are all caged parrots, long forgot to use our wings. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (4/21/2016 7:31:00 PM)


    You went into that poor parrot's soul and expressed his sadness so well- right down to the details about his diet and the steel bars of the cage hurting his wings. Well done (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (4/22/2016 9:40:00 AM)

    Thank you Susan Williams for reading my poems and inspiring me through your nice comments.
    Freedom is very essential for human growth.

  • Randhir Kaur (3/6/2016 11:22:00 PM)


    Yeah a worth read..Nicely penned..Vivid write.. (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (2/20/2016 3:28:00 AM)


    Metaphorical....better to know the proper way to liberate oneself before fleeing...lucid language also adds a good flavour to the poem...very good writing...10++++++ (Report) Reply

    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (4/22/2016 9:46:00 AM)

    Thank you so much for your marvelous comment- - -better to know the proper way to liberate oneself.

  • Clarence Prince (1/25/2016 3:57:00 PM)


    Dream on Parrot, one day you'll escape of that cage,
    and find paradise in the sky once more,
    there is hope!
    Truly a nice poem, Bharati!
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    Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (4/22/2016 9:49:00 AM)

    Thank you so much for your kind comment'You filled HOPE in the poor caged bird.

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (12/16/2015 12:56:00 AM)


    lovely poem! Freedom is delicious and everyone has a right to be free! (Report) Reply

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