Pensively, on a wharf she stood
Gazing blankly at the clear azure sky
Deeply lost in her own world
A sudden chirping sound pervading the serenity
Brought her out of her wakeful slumber
A tiny delicate bird at her feet she saw-
With a perplexed questioning look
It seemed to be asking
‘What’s the matter, dear?’
With blinded eyes, on her knees she went
Picking it up, she wondered
How strange it was
No human had ever asked her that!
Enthralled she hugged the little birdie
And talked and laughed as never before
Dancing as if in a fairy land!
The birdie looked around and so did she
Lo, it was an entirely different world
Bathed in panoramic beauty!
Bewitched, she glanced excitedly at
The shimmering turquoise waters
Dotted with boats and ships sailing smoothly
The rising waves kissing and leaving with a gentle caress
She quickly sat down with her dangling feet in the cool water
A soothing thrill of joy it sent with the touch and go of unending waves
Invoking her to the joyous moment of being alive!
Enthusiastically she looked around only to be enraptured by
The indescribable beautiful multicoloured creatures
Swimming, flying, running
Gleefully chasing one another in play
They were on land, water as well as in the sky
Turning to the birdie she thanked it
For introducing her
To the glorious beauty bestowed to this earth
Grateful to God for His benevolence
She frolicked about singing
On top of the world she now was for
The perky bird to her was God’s messenger!
~Anuradha. S. Bannore