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Music that Moved ..!

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English Poetry, Oct-Nov 2011 Contest

A loud distinctive call,

that repeats.

With increased pitch

now a series.

Incessant ,periodic

but captivates.

Sustained  search


the more often heard

performer that enthralls


 Black entirely,

 blue green tinged body,

 crimson red eyes,

 against green canopy.


This beauty,  heard  mostly,

sensing the capture, digitally,

moves briskly

and leaves instantly.

Again, to be heard only.


© kanchana Selvakumar.
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  1. Vishvnand says:

    Poem appears intense but needed is some hint or preamble for appropriate understanding/interpretation of the poem .
    I hear a very small feeble “kuhu” in the 7th second of this video of 25 seconds showing a cuckoo ln the forest environment and lts sound.

  2. Gion Gion says:

    though rhymed there is a certain stop-start feel to reading this.
    It reminds me of a walk through a wooded lake shore trying to record bird song.
    The sense of following the sound and the fleeting view of the performer is vivid.
    I suppose there is a deeper sense to this description – our frequent quests / searches for answers or comfort only too little interspersed with clarity.
    Nice pun in the title.

  3. rajdeep bhattacharya says:


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