Calling out to mate lost

Dawn broke with the melancholy call to her mate

Mournful cooing of the one left alone and sad

Does she not realize by now that her mate is gone

Taken by someone higher up on the food chain

Nature had dealt her a blow, her mate will not return

Alas, the promise that was to be a new beginning

Shattered, her mate left without a good bye, never to be seen

She still hopes and comes back to the abandoned nest

May be if she calls long enough he will hear and be back

I don’t know if her heart breaks as one whose love has left

But her mournful call to her mate sure makes my heart break

As I look at her through the window she looks back at me

Her sad eyes inquiring if I know what happened to him

Silently I send up a pray to whoever can hear

Up in the sky the hawk may carry her to her dear

As she looks around the empty nest one last time and fly away

I close the blinds and hope some one does hear me pray

Sad though it may be as the empty nest rots away

The heart breaking cry I don’t want to hear to start my day


Few weeks back a pair of doves started making a nest under the roof on our front porch. At first they would fly away when we opened the front door. The day the eggs were laid, I was going out in the early afternoon. As I opened the front door, the male flew in from somewhere and spread his wings to cover the female sitting in the nest. I wish I had my camera with me. Then one day the male never returned. I feared the worst. The female kept on sitting on the nest. By that time she had become accustomed to us and would just look at us without flying away. By the third day after the male was gone, it was apparent that the female cannot sustain without food. Then she was gone too. I was sad but nature took its own course.

However to make the matter worse, the female started visiting the empty nest from time to time and call out to her mate. It is simply heartbreaking. First she used to come in the afternoon or evening but last couple of days she started coming in the morning. It is painful to see her sitting in the empty nest and calling her mate.

Author: pranabaxom

Poetry is my passion. I am not a methodical writer. I have no set topics to write about. What I feel, perceive, think about, I will like to share in this blog. I open my mind to the world. Like the weather, sometimes my poems are cloudy, sometimes stormy. I always like to see sunshine streaming through the leaves of trees, so I hope I can share some of those sunshine with my readers.

16 thoughts on “Calling out to mate lost”

    1. Thank you. I am sad the whole day today. They were so trusting. When I took the photo ( that was a happy day after the eggs were laid), she just looked at me and went back to her job. They were even not afraid of our dog after the first two days and Skooby also did not disturb them at all.

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  1. So sad. Your words brought to mind the scene when I saw tow little bulbuls trying their best to make a bigger bird go away from their nest where there were eggs. But they could do nothing. I think it was the peasant crow, it ate the eggs and went away. That was a dwarf areca tree in our garden. The thick foliage is a wonderful place for a nest. But after that day no nests were ever built there. your words are very expressive. Regards

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    1. Thank you.
      Long back a humming bird built a nest under my backyard patio. Hummingbirds are so small and so fast to take flight that it was difficult to take a photo. I did manage to take one through the sliding glass door. After a couple of days,the hummingbird must have realized that we meant no harm and just set on the nest. After about ten days or so it was gone one morning. That was the last hummingbird nest.
      Few years back we had a pair of doves successfully nesting in the same place and saw a pair of beautiful fledglings. Alas, this year it was not to be so. Nature takes its own course.

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