I just saw a damselfly,
At a busy traffic junction.
An extraordinary sight,
It felt like the world suddenly slowed down
It was there hovering through the auto rickshaw
Where was it going?
Where did it come from?
Was it lost?
I looked around
But no one seemed to notice
Was it there just for me to see
Was this a dream?
Was it telling me to stop?
To take a look around
Breathe in a little of its dreamyness
Did it think I was lost?
I held out my hand
To block its way, hoping it would settle down
Hoping it could put a rest to my enquires
But it moved on without stopping
Is it the dameselfly or am I the one who’s lost?
How could such a small being
Touch a person so much
Is it just me waiting for that touch?
I just saw a damselfly
A extraordinary sight
Something that only I could see
And it felt like being totally free
A child waits for customers..
You see them everywhere..
Waiting tables, sweeping the stairs,
They are our future, yet we hardly care!
Children sleeping on the streets..
Children working just so they can eat…
The world’s ought not to be so unfair…
They have a right to study..
They have a right to live a life without care…
Let children be children..
Wish today was a day spent remembering old times…
A day spent strumming old tunes on a guitar
A day spent by the little lake that beckoned us once upon a time
A day spent cycling through the forest
And getting lost there during a weekend hike
A day spent talking about girls, studies and life..
A day spent remembering innocent letters exchanged ….
A day spent remembering all the shared lunch boxes
A day spent eating chicken at our favourite restaurant
A day spent studying together and learning nothing..
A day spent talking about the best music, movies, books and art
A day spent remembering a cold icy lake under the stars
So many memories and just a day to celebrate?
Let’s not be unfair friends….
A day when you wonder what you have done all your life
Remember them and the time you have spent with them
Then a single friendship day will seem less..
And a single lifetime won’t be enough!
The shade is now gone…
The dried leaves that make a pile below are removed…
The wind now flows unhindered without you’re traces…
The air no more carries the sound of the birds that once perched..
Once shadowed by your canopy, the sky has opened up..
The squirrels have nowhere to run or hide,
No cuckoos will be heard anymore in the morning,
The barn owl’s cry in the night will remain a distant memory.
The little creatures watch from a distance,
as the wood is cut and the titan falls.
Nothing could be done to avert your fall..
The cut pieces lie on the moist soil, lifeless and still.
Soft bark to be replaced by hard concrete..
Paradise lost for countless as you fall..
Man has triumphed yet again..
In his butchery.
Albizia saman is a species of flowering trees commonly called a rain tree or Shirish. A 4 storeys high tree was cut, destroying a small ecosystem that supports over 30 species of birds mammals and reptiles.
List of bird species that nested/perched on the tree:
The life that the Rain tree supported…
1. Copper Smith-Barbett
2. White Breasted Kingfisher
3. Golden Oriole
4. Paradise Flycather
6. Common Weaver Bird
7. Barn Owl
8. House Sparrow
9. Greater Caucal
10. Black Drongo
11. Ashly Drongo
12. Pied Cuckoo
13. White Breasted Waterhen
14. Rose–ringed Parakeet
15. Little Cormorant
16. Ashy Prinia
17. Common crow
18. Rock Pigeon
19. Red-vented bulbul
20. Magpie Robin
21. Common Myna
22. Jungle Babler