Treasure Island

Vinaya Joseph

(05/10/1979 / Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh)

Stray Thoughts


As the dawn breaks,
And a new day begins,
I hear and see
An orchaestra,
Being performed
A flock of crows
Perched on my trees
-Jackfruit, Mahogany, Areca and Coconut
While some sit on the clothes line in my veranda,
And start singing incessantly,
Kaw Kaw Kaw Kaw
I pause and wonder,
At Master's creation
I consider,
You the most intelligent,
Among the avian species
Your pitch-black plumage,
With shades of gray,
Around your neck
Makes you attractive
Some say you are ugly
But I consider,
Ugliness as a blessing in disguise
Some times being ugly helps
As it saves you
From being preyed
By selfish humans
Each time,
I see you cawing
With your beak,
Moving rhythmically
Up and down
I feel,
You are lucky and blessed
To always have a song!
Some say you are a nuisance
But I think,
It is a mean world out there
And in order to survive,
In this race of life
You need to be bloody clever
‘Clever as a crow'
How else could you explain?
‘Survival of the fittest',
As Spencer coined,
And Darwin mentioned,
In his ‘Origin of Species'
And finally,
When dusk sets in
And I see the moon rise,
I see you preparing your wings
Getting ready to fly,
To touch the horizon
I pause and wonder,
Yet again,
At Master's creation

Submitted: Sunday, August 17, 2014

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Sans rain, today morning was all dedicated to crows. Have lot of winged friends who visit my home during the day. Thanks to the large number of fruit trees that my parents planted, home is always buzzing with activity. Mornings are always musical. My neighbour's rooster, crows, parrots, pheasants and lot of unidentifiable birds croon and rock as if they are playing in a concert. Intrigued by the behaviour of crows, here are some lines on what I saw...

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