Street Scene

By Kavita Ezekiel Mendonca

Darkness is falling, the day has gone to rest 
The big birds have flown back to their nests
The moon emerges with its silver edge
I look out with hands folded on the window ledge
The finches have done with all their hopping
Apparently, they have finished most of their shopping
Like tired shoppers coming out of a mall
Wanting to get home before the pall
Canada geese fly south with a cackle
I'm sure the journey must be just such a hassle
Trees are bowed in silent prayer
They've washed their faces and combed their hair
I imagine they are getting ready for bed
Their branches are curled and no longer spread
The bus rolls by with a sigh and a hiss
It's the last bus you won't want to miss
Dogs still on occasion walk the street
Smiling at other dogs they happen to meet
The lone rabbit who looks like an ornament
Sits oddly against the blue of the firmament
The church has not moved since we moved in
With the cross above it to absolve us of sin
Cars are parked randomly on the kerb
Vacationing quietly, no intent to disturb
I've drawn the curtains and put out the lights
Will write some poems until midnight
'God's in His heaven all's well with the world'*
And I am so grateful for all the lessons I've learned
I've heard that tomorrow we're getting snow
It will be a different street with a different glow.
God's in His Heaven all's well with the world* is a line from Pippa's Song by Robert Browning.
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About Kavita Ezekiel Mendonca

Kavita Ezekiel Mendonca was born in Bombay to Prof. Nissim Ezekiel and Daisy Ezekiel. She attended Queen Mary’s School, St. Xavier’s College, Bombay University and Oxford Brookes University and has Masters’ Degrees in English, American Literature and Education. Her career spanned over four decades in Indian colleges, American International Schools and Canada, teaching English, French and Spanish. She’s a published poet, and has her poetry page at https://www.facebook.com/kemendoncapoetry. Kavita also writes short fiction. Her work is strongly influenced by her father’s work. (the late Nissim Ezekiel was an eminent poet, well-known in India and overseas.

8 thoughts on “Street Scene

  1. Jagdish Singh Ramana

    Beautiful pictures drawn from day to day life. Picturesque. And a message: “all’s well with the world’*
    And I am so grateful for all the lessons I’ve learned”

    Reply
  2. amitapaul

    The beauty of the simple everyday sights and sounds of life has been captured in simple rhymes in this poem

    Reply

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