Can you remember your earliest friend(s)?
Any happy recollections, down the memory lane?
Well, birds usually happen to be
one’s earliest, childhood…rather infanthood friends.
How about you?
I’m sure, while still in your mother’s lap,
you must have often gazed wonder-eyed, mesmerized,
at the strange, small toy-like winged creatures,
the chirpy sparrows, landing in your courtyard,
hopping all around, picking at the rice grains,
laid out for them by your Mom, alongwith a bowl of water.
Every morning, the ever hungry guests
would merrily arrive, gobble their meals,
take a few sips of water and fly away,
leaving you thoroughly entertained, cheerful.
Gradually, as time passed,
you grew up and naturally,
got preoccupied with lots of
other things and newer mates.
You stopped looking for your earliest friends.
You simply outgrew them, drowning yourself
into the busy, hectic life in the materialistic world.
There was hardly any time
for the chirpy friends and the simple
joys and pleasures they offered.
But friends are forever!
True mates are companions, rather soulmates,
but only, if you care to look for them, and
spend some quality time with them.
Birds are no exceptions.
As your grown up wisdom can perceive,
they are part of the fauna of the nature.
Along with flora, they form
the entire creation of Mother Nature, and
can well be your guide to the nature.
Hark! Just try to listen once again to what
that bird perched on the branch of
the tree outside your window
is chirping about.
Pay heed and turn towards the nature,
even if for a short while, to breathe free,
relax and rejuvenate…and discover
the joy of living, like you did
gazing at the birds, sitting as an infant
in your mother’s lap, ages ago!