Sunday, March 9, 2008

A Bird's Tale

I love beaches. Back in my school and college days, whenever I was at my Uncle's, I would often go to the beach with my brother. He would go into the water with his friends while I just stayed behind. I sat on the sand with my naked feet being washed by the sea water while I looked at the boats struggling far inside. I loved spending my evenings alone there. With my arms hugging my knees and the earth slipping beneath my legs, I looked at the birds flying to their homes, against the orange sunset. The view was so beautiful that I had always wanted to be a part of it. I always dreamed about being a bird and flying away to some distant land, a land without care and worries, a land far away from this maddening crowd. I had always wanted to live their fairy tale life. But then one day, a wounded bird taught me what their life was, what real life was. This was a poem I had written during those days. Its a simple poem, nothing fancy, just like the birds and the sunset.

As I look at the vast blue sky
Sitting by the sea
Pondering over why everything
Is wrong with me

I look at the splendid white birds
Gliding over the sky
I wish I was one of them
And have the world to fly

Out of nowhere, a bird came
And sat by me
Bathed in the white moonlight
Oh! What a beauty

But why the pain in its eyes
I look at its legs, blood oozing out
But neither did it scream
Nor did it shout

Strangely I could hear it say
“Boy, with us, you want to fly
But you must know the darkness behind the sun
Before you should try


The dawn doesnt come twice to awaken us
Still, we fly miles from distant lands
To feed our hungry mouths
On these alien waters and these scorching sands

We risk our lives everyday
And then, everyday we begin
You just see the beauty
But everything beautiful is marred from within

But we never show the world our pains
For them, we just fly, sing and hum
Just try to be happy
And see how happy the world becomes

With these wise words
The bird flew away with glee
As I sat on the beach
Pondering over why everything is wrong with me

15 comments:

debasish said...

"As I sat on the beach
Pondering over why everything is wrong with me"

Luvd ur last lines.
I must tell you, your writings are very smooth, i.e. they seem to merge with each other...bt I lik it :)

d SINNER!!! said...

awesome expression!!!!

vEENs said...

But we never show the world our pains
For them, we just fly, sing and hum
Just try to be happy
And see how happy the world becomes



i guess, we should be this!

and yu did this by posting such a beautiful piece here.. lovely!

We, The People said...

Hi,

With reference to the message you left on Writers Blend, please send your GMail ID to mindscaped@gmail.com, the Writers Blend email ID, to receive an invite.

Regards.

wildflower said...

You just see the beauty
But everything beautiful is marred from within

True...very truE

Loved the poem...has a rare message in it...

And if I sit and talk about the sea, it'l take me days...but I have felt almost everything you have written about it...

I have, always drenched my feet in its waters...waiting for its waves to wash all my sorrow away...what sorrow, i dun know...!

Nits Pandita said...

Amazing poem....gr8 writing..:-)
How true with beautiful things comes pain too.

skeptic saint said...

@ debasish

hey thnx dude...

@ neha

:)

@ veens

i wish we cld be this...

skeptic saint said...

@ we the people

hey its one of my fave book's title...

and thnk u so much for inviting me...

skeptic saint said...

@ wildflower

thnx...and yeah, u from the beach town, isnt it??? so its natural...

and i am originally from there too...

@ nits

yeah..its a bitter truth...

Vandita said...

yeah a simple poem but with a lot of truth in em...
beautiful!
PS: mind if i blogroll u, i really enjoyed ur guest post on neha's blog too

Aditi ''Jiggs'' said...

heyaa

nice read !!!
btw loved ur post on d sinner's blog awesome
:)

cheers

Mez said...

Nice way of putting things.

freesherry said...

I too love the beach.. just sitting there with my toes digging into the sand.. the ocean sliding over me.. taking me in.. the joy the freedom I feel is beyond words..
loved your space.. have blogrolled you

Pri said...

i loved the poem...
///You just see the beauty
But everything beautiful is marred from within///

very true! :)

skeptic saint said...

@ vandita

thnx and ofcrse i wld nt mind...hehe...its like asking if i mind when someone gives me a treat...

@ aditi

hey thnx...

@ mez

:)

@ freesherry

yeah...the sea holds a very special place in my heart...i have felt happiness, anger, loneliness, desperation all by the sea sometimes...

@ pri

thnx...and yeah thats true...