Raj Arumugam


The Bird Does Not Sing In The Grove - Poem by Raj Arumugam

There is the grove. The bamboo grove with its open ground and pond.
The bamboo is rich and luxuriant.
But the bird is not there.
The precious bird is not there to sing its songs.


Man and Woman come in to the grove.
They do not hear the bird.


The Woman sings:

'Gentle child,
darling solitary angel -
where are you this day
when we have come to hear you again?
We have brought you seeds
and we have brought you our love
as we always do.
Why will you not sing,
radiant being of the grove? '


And Man and Woman look for the bird. They do not see the bird. They do not hear the bird’s merry songs.

They are sad. Woman cries softly. Man comforts her, and they walk out slowly, hand in hand, and looking back to see if perhaps the bird will call them back.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, February 13, 2010



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