Eclectus parrots stuffed
in drainage pipes
call back his childhood days
incarcerated in school time
[Naani is a four line poem having 20-25 syllables]
This picture of bizarre smuggling attempt reminded me of Tagore as a child who loved to skip off school for its jail like feel.
Posted for Micropoetry Month: Nov 2017 #23 hosted by Thotpurge
Shared with Poetry Pantry @ Poets United
26 thoughts on “Micropoetry #23 (A Naani)”
Goodness.. how could they do that to those gorgeous birds.Shameful. And yes sometimes school can drain the creativity from a student.. at least our education by rote system must have been horrible for someone with the free flowing creativity of Tagore! Nicely crafted Sumana. Didn’t know he bunked school!!! Thanks for sharing with my Micropoetry Month.
Haha. Ok, not laughing at the parrots but at the incarcerated in school.
I manage Saturday school so I have to deal with the disgruntled incarcerated
on the weekend. Its a great time to connect with kids tho.
So I am curious, why smuggle parrots? To supply pet shops?
Are parrots used in a ritual?
How very sad, but wonderfully crafted. Well done!
Smuggle parrots? Oh no! But you linked this sad tale beautifully to Tagore’s history. Well done, Sumana. 🙂
Oh those poor parrots!! what a lovely naani you have created and I have learned of this novelist as well…thank you so much for sharing. The beauty of blogging opens my mind to the world!
Those poor birds. Why are humans so cruel. My tutor tells me naani has 2 A s.
Corrected it. Thank you so much 🙂
Oh poor parrots. They are such intelligent animals and wont understand what is happening to them. I hope they were swiftly released somewhere better.
The image of these parrots in these pipes will stay with me. Such unkindness to these intelligent birds appalls me.
Poor birds–I am reacting to your image, because in the words I focus more on the man’s experience. What a delicate form to stuff so much into!
(This is Susan.)
A lot said in so few words, well penned
Clearly you learnt your multiplication tables parrot fashion.
This reminded me of the opportunities taken in skipping school so many years ago. The feeling was exhilarating!
Oh gosh 😦 those poor parrots! I am appalled by the cruelty which others exercise on animals!
I can remember being incarcerated in school and looking longingly out the window…
When I saw the image, I thought the parrots were stuffed animals, used in some sort of art-piece on animal cruelty. To find out that they are real chills me. People can be rotten, greedy, and so very stupid.
Your Naani is chilling and as powerful as the photo.
The picture is toooooo sad. Man can be so cruel!
But loved how you have tied it to feeling jailed in school
The image of the parrots leave me sad.
Great Naani ‘snapshot’ of incarceration… and punctuating it with an excellent metaphor.
Such a sad picture…. I hope they are released. I loved to be imprisoned in school… saved me from being bullied outside the doors.
What an impactful – haunting, I think – image … both the photograph, and the one which you painted with your words.
Both the photo and the words are sobering!
Wow! I had to look again to see that the parrots were real.
Oh my heart grieves for those birds. What fates awaits them when they can not fly? I think we all feel caged at times in our life.