My Featured Blogger this week is Narendra Nayak of A Sliver of Life. This poet-photographer’s (poetographer?) posts never fail to delight. While America is focusing on groundhogs (one of our sillier traditions), Narendra is focusing on more predictable and amiable creatures called Munias. Munias are a type of finch native to Mumbai where Narendra lives…and works his magic.
Weary soles and wretched souls,
ending one of our worst strolls,
a trail promising sighting goals,
no birds and empty crab holes.
Then at the dirt trail’s fag end,
in the shrubs around the bend,
fluttering wings heard in descend,
flickering hopes began to ascend.
A furred figure buff and blurred,
turned a clumsy juvenile bird,
busy with preening undeterred,
despite our presence unstirred.
In a trice the bough came alive,
there wasn’t one but all of five,
jostling pecking doing the jive,
nibbling stalks none to deprive.
Saw then why they were carefree,
a watchful parent high in a tree,
often being pestered with a plea,
I’m done preening now feed me.
All this drama within a few feet,
fatigue had since taken a backseat,
hearts filled with joy at such a treat,
in a flash our trek was complete!
A small portion of this poetry has been captured…
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