Live your own life

the bird sings merrily

oblivious that it makes

many happy.

does the bird sings

because it is happy?

does it even know

what happiness is?

does it even care?

it sings merrily,

as the hawk up above

eyeing its next meal,

prepares to dive.

as the song ends abruptly,

observer comments

on cruelty of nature.

does he even understand

the bird had lived

its own life?

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 “Live your own life”

  1. And we, in our parallel world are not cruel when we herd millions of animals into the horror of slaughterhouses?
    The bird sings before it dies to feed another bird’s chicks maybe. What do we do before we shove the burger down our gullets? Is this happiness?
    I rest my case….

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    1. Did those herd animals have any choice to leave their own lives?
      Humans have sure skewed the natural food chain, no doubt about it. However, in nature , the food chain has a natural progression where the one in lower position is food for one in the higher up. Where normally humans would have been, I have no idea. Fire and weapons have given us power to dictate our place.
      But the point I was trying to make was not about the food chain but about the inherent happiness in living one’s own life.


      1. Yes, I know. I suppose it was mainly in response to the ‘nature is cruel’ type comment. I don’t think nature is cruel. There’s an inevitability to death that animals accept which is why they don’t spend the rest of their lives grieving. We don’t accept it, and say death is cruel, because we see the hawk stealing the chick, but we don’t see the butchery in the slaughterhouse. Death is something that happens to other things and we’d rather not know about it.
        I’m never sure what happiness means. It’s a passing feeling, hard to explain, and easily forgotten. Contentment maybe. Animals certainly feel that. We seem unable to be contented, want always to be wowed by things. Happiness is maybe the absence of sadness.

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      2. I did not say nature is cruel.
        If you read the last stanza, you should realize I am telling the exact opposite. I questioned that statement that “nature is cruel”.


      3. Thanks Jane. I feel relieved.
        This is one of my pet peeves. Our attention cycle is so short and our “greed” for excitement is so overwhelming that we need constant stimulus in terms of “news”. Peace bore us, long term solutions are too far off. We need to satisfy our lustt now and then we move to “greener” pastures.


      4. That’s what’s so worrying about this post-covid society the ‘experts’ keep banging on about. It’s hard to see how it’s going to be any different when so many people want to make up for lost time buying buying buying regardless of where it comes from or how it was made. Happiness in a burger. Pathetic really.

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