Jay P Narain

Freshman - 578 Points (Jan.1945 / Bihar, India)

Why Can'T I Be Like A Bird? - Poem by Jay P Narain

Why can't I be like a bird?

I would like to soar majestically as an eagle,
over the skies of beautiful lakes, mountains, and farmlands,
The roar of the gushing wind,
will fill me with the spirit of freedom and joy.
I would love to dive a thousand feet like a free spirited Bungee jumper,
to catch the swimming fish in the shining water of the lake below.

I would love to be like a cuckoo bird,
I will wake up everyone early in the morning,
I would fill the morning sunrise with my melodious music,
I would wish the universe a bright and a happy day.

I would love to be a migrating goose,
with beautiful gray, green, white and black fur.
I would fly in formation with others in my flock,
I would create such a pretty painting in the blue sky,
that which will suppress all the worries in one's mind.

I would like to be a humming bird,
I would flutter over a blooming pretty flower,
appreciating its beauty and the fragrant nectar.
I would teach the world that the size does not matter,
it is the perseverance which counts at the end.

I would love to be like the blue Jay,
I would fly over all the beautiful gardens,
I would sing in my feeble chirps,
I would not suffer from the ravages of human pain and sorrow.

I would love to be like the black bird,
I will make my home atop the trees under starry skies,
Although I am considered little greedy,
I try to survive without any great lust for earthly desires.

I would love to be like those anonymous little birds,
flying over the lake oblivious of big birds and vultures,
The freedom to live and fly,
would bring the ecstasy of joy in my heart.

I don’t like to be considered a species with little bird brain,
Don't I fill the swimming pools with little rocks?
to raise the water level,
so that I can drink the water from its safe edges.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, October 1, 2008

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