Freeze!

A relentless dream to fly,
to soar in the lazuline sky,
since wings alas we lack,
a brain we have to rack.

So we send up birds faux,
intent to rise like hawks,
some with tail and wing,
others on miles of string.

The paper birds when die,
and bid the heavens bye,
fall back the trailing lines,
but leaving blatant signs.

Messy tangles everywhere,
trees cables now a snare,
Wings cut up and bloodied,
none to own up the deed.

One such nightmare ensues,
in its ending a horror brews,
I dreadfully watch incoming,
a victim of our shortcoming.

As wings approach flapping,
abruptly we start clapping,
it leads to an alarmed flight,
this one is spared the plight!

[Featuring: Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri), adult female; about to land on entangled kite string]

– Narendra Nayak Β© 2020

21 thoughts on “Freeze!

  1. This is so so beautiful!!!!😍
    Aug 15 is coming nearer and I’ve also observed the kites, faux birds as you say soaring up in the sky. Yes indeed that’s very sad when a bird gets entangled in those ‘manjas’ …. But the last paragraph where you cautions it by clapping… I loved it!

    “trees cables now a snare,” Excellent metaphor

    This bird has a very bright plumage! I’m loving this poem a lot….πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  2. Gorgeous photo and wonderful poem, both opening my eyes to a problem I was unaware of, one so sadly similar to whales ensnared in fishing nets. Glad you were able to save at least one bird with your clapping, even if it meant momentarily startling her.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Ma’am for your kind words of appreciation. If you Google kite festival and bird injuries in India, you will find that it is quite a serious issue. But for a danger easily remedied, we tend to turn a blind eye to it in the name of tradition and festivities.

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  3. This was so interesting to me. Kites are rare here. I most often see them flown at the beach, over the water, and I’ve never seen one tangled anywhere. Our greatest problem is fishing line, which sometimes is discarded when a fisherman replaces old line with new, and doesn’t properly dispose of the old. Then, it’s the turtles, wading birds, and such that suffer.

    It seems you have festivals that involve kites; perhaps your cautionary poem will help to lessen any damage!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ma’am, for your kind comments. Yes, fishing lines are a huge problem everywhere. I always keep reading about and seeing videos of turtles and other marine creatures being rescued from life threatening nets.
      Alas, we are fighting a no win situation here. Every year during the kite festival several environmental groups go around pleading for the lives of birds, but apparently people value tradition over the lives of their fellow beings!

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