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After a long break, chancing on a poem I had written during my school days – has spurred me on to get back.
A Ray of Hope – Mathangi J
The skies were dark
when along life’s long river I decided to paddle
And on the banks I saw a bunch of people
all they did, was just dawdle
I found a number of willing comrades,
but neither of them had any grace
They said to me
” You may come with us, or you may go
Between us, relations will forever remain shallow”
The skies were darker when I went further down
But even there,people were frantically searching
for the materially studded crown
Hardly did they give me a glance
And to communicate, I did not even have a chance
Scaling my vision, I saw a figure at the deep end
Slowly I paddled yonder and far
And when I saw her,
I thought she possessed invisible scars
As I saw her –
there was a question in my glance
To which she replied –
with a faint smile and understanding countenance
“I know what you search for
People – they possess none
They try to reach it thro’
temporary periods of fun
You’ve come in search of the keys
which will unlock your mind to peace”
I stared at her with calm excitement
As I stared, her form suddenly did change
and flew towards the mountain range
…. In the form of a dove
It was then that I realized
there was a ray of light from the dark skies above!
I was about 14 years when I wrote this .
Flowers – as immobile as they may seem to be, sometimes seem to me almost expressive as animals or humans. Some flowers look garish, some shy, some seem dominant, but the Sunflower to me – seems so confident, simple to understand and enthusiastic.
They sleep when the sun is setting / or not yet risen – looking a bit dull and drab (almost like what the cat dragged in) before seeing the sun. Then slowly and almost coyly, they get dressed up in their brightest colours as they wake up and warm up along with the sun – the cheer evident on their faces.And as they keep just loyally following the direction of the sun – I think what a reliable friend the sunflower will make. Bobbing their head in the light breeze and looking absolutely full of joy during peak daytime – it strikes me, there is no way the Sunflower faces the shadow. It always makes sure its life is full of cheer, happiness and positive vibes.
I saw some sunflower fields during a recent trip of mine – and the happiness I felt was almost contagious. As seems to be the trend during my previous trips too – I was forced to take pictures from a moving vehicle. But there was no way I was going to miss taking pictures of these bright yellow beauties.
You can read the classic “Daffodils” by William Wordsworth here – http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/daffodils/
“Cock-a-doodle – do
Hey,You are not part of my crew
I will crush you like little tooth picks
If you give my chicks bird-flu !!! “
Poems and crazy thoughts apart, I had no idea what was going on between the duck and the rooster when i took this shot.
Did the duck cross boundaries?
Was the rooster just plain agressive? Or a responsible father taking care of his lot?
What was he ‘crowing’ about? That he discovered a ‘quack’ eh? 😉
Some of us are loners,
To work with someone is beneath our honor,
On our own efforts we want to fly high,
Any attempts to join a group will we continuously defy,
And then there are those,
who think – the others are not their type,
They feel like the odd one out,
when they do not fit the stereotype
Some of us put up with another,
Albeit from a distance,
Getting too close with a fellow brother,
Sometimes might be a hindrance,
And then there are those who work in twos,
Without the other – one cannot even choose
And then there are the small homogenous groups,
Where everyone feels the need to keep each other in the loop,
The group grows into a herd,
It becomes difficult to move forward,
Gone are hopes of peace
Familiarity soon breeds contempt,
As everyone wants to have their way,
Discussions and compromises are the last attempt,
Before you realise – together you cannot stay
And then the final phase,
You realise – no man is an island,
Rules of nature apply,
And everyone we no longer can ban,
The Solution – Keep them all equidistant,
Not too close, not too far – that here is absolutely salient,
Wisdom dawns at the end of your strife,
For what you went through – is called the circle of Life!
P.S. Click on the pictures for a larger display. I thank the birds for helping me gain some perspective!