Went for a long walk this morning at 8.00 a.m. around the neighborhood. A little late for a ” morning” walk but then it’s the weekend and it’s winters, so the air is a pleasant chill.
Have put the pictures below so you can experience what I saw. Let me know how you feel once you’ve read the poem and seen the pictures and the video below.
The skies are gray,
The sun is out, a ball of white
Or is that the moon that I see in daylight?
Doesn’t He know, it’s time to go now?
And He mustn’t be seen…
The fox-tails gently nod,
Their heads bobbing, in natural reverence
Except for That One, He stands tall in defiance,
Doesn’t He know, He is the odd one out?
And he must bow too…
There’s a wall that’s high, it goes all around,
Not for common eyes, all that’s within
But there are the bougainvillea, growing over the walls, committing a sin,
Don’t they know, they’re flouting the rule?
And they must remain hidden too…
There is a lake on the way, it’s made by man,
A railing encloses, a fountain, some ducks and a few egrets,
Barring the other birds, they don’t care, they fly in and out, with none to vet,
Don’t they know, there are boundaries?
And they must stay away too…
Stepping out into the pavement,
A tree stands tall, its branches bare,
Save the few green leaves, that continue to dare,
Don’t they know, the time of the year?
And they must fall too…
There are flowers around, yellow, pink, white, red,
Their petals fluttering, they line the street,
Hundreds I see, my heart skips a beat,
Don’t they know, where they grow?
And in a few months, they must be gone too…
Rebels they are, the birds, the trees, the flowers,
The maverick sun, the clouds so free and the truant moon,
I behold the beauty of them all; freedom is a boon,
I hear them say, “Don’t you know, this is how it works?”
“No barriers can hold us back and they mustn’t hold you too…”
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