The Swallow’s Tale

Across flew a sparrow
his tail stiff in flight
his shadow fell upon the earth
and tear drops large as ice.

Cursed me he cried as he fled
that lived to see this day
where men don’t know
from young and old
and rapes a child of five.

Cursed the earth upon
where the blood flows
in raging trail
cursed land skies that weep
non stop
and rains refuse to fall!

Cursed land that sees no wrong
and continues to reign
cursed be the manhood that
takes by force what it can
and holds it head so high.

The swallow sang in sorrowful chirps
and down upon earth fell
Such sorrow that his tiny heart
could find joy, only when laid to rest.

I picked it up
its tiny body in the grave to lay
and sighed and wept
at the land cursed
with wisdom no where to find.

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About Dr.Mary Annie A.V.

Dr.Mary Annie A.V. hails from Trivandrum, India and writes under the pen name 'anna maria' . She hails from a family of writers . She holds a high official post in the University of Kerala,Trivandrum,India. She resides in India with her husband and three children. Her poems have been published in various e-magazines , print anthologies in India and abroad. She has two collections to her credit, titled "My Beads Unstrung" and 'More Beads Unstrung'. Her definition of a poem is : Virgin white paper raped. Rapt. Writing is her passion :)

5 thoughts on “The Swallow’s Tale

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    Destiny Poets’ International Community of Poets ( ICOP ) are pleased to announce that for April 2013 , the following works have been chosen in the categories of Poem of the Month and Highly Commended . ** Poem of the Month ** :As Your Beauty Unfolded – Jan Christian Sorensen…..** Highly Commended ** (Tabulated in alphabetical order)..*Black Forest – Madhumita Ghosh…..*Breezing Thoughts – Reena Prasad…..*Dear Enemy – Maqsood Qureshi…..*Delusion – Sangeeta Sharma…..*Dreamtime – Sunil Sharma…..*First Rain in Vienna – Sarita Jenamani…..*Life Under The Moon – Ramesh Anand…..*Nothing Remains To Be Done – Sangeeta Suneja…..*Restless Mind – Jan Phillips…..*(The)Swallow’s Tale – Mary Annie…..*Time Device – Gopal Lahiri…..*You Were a Moment – Fathima Manal…..

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