A poem by Aditi Baindur
One day, I took off to the lake,
to meet a friend for a morning walk,
I spotted lots of coots and ducks,
and a single painted stork.
I hoped to meet my friend out there,
waiting under a tree,
it stood up tall, dry and bare,
my friend I did not see.
The tree trunk stood tall and strong
supporting each green leaf above
I marvelled at the care provided
to each leaf, motherly love.
I spotted a hollow as my eyes did roam –
What lived inside the bole of the tree?
To what little creature was it home?
A squirrel, a myna, a lizard, or a bee?
Just then I saw a little bird,
not far off from that tree,
fallen and hurt, it bled on the dirt,
I ran to its rescue, couldn’t let it be.
The mother came showering down
between me and the chick
I let it shepherd the little one away
while I did the vanishing trick
My friend came up just then
laughing and carefree
I hope you weren’t bored she said
waiting here alone for me
I said how can one get bored
there is so much around to see
nature’s bounty, mankind’s treasures
were all around me plenty!