Your Earliest Friends

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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!

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Ashok Misra

 

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