Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Fly like a bird!!!

These sea gulls were desperately trying to fly against the wind. In vain. Despite failing a zillion of times, they'd make a collective effort, every few minutes. Persistence!!! They'd shiver, fly a few feet, fail and give it a shot all over again.

I always get this yearning to fly when I see blue skies or birds in flight or even those undulating sea-waves...............For some strange reason the pic reminds me of Maya Angelou's words. Its beautiful, the way she's expressed the inherent desire for freedom in a living, breathing soul...........

The free bird leaps on the back of the win

and floats downstream till the current ends

and dips his wings in the orange sun rays

and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage

can seldom see through his bars of rage

his wings are clipped and his feet are tied

so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with fearful trill

of the things unknown but longed for still

and is tune is heard on the distant hill

for the caged bird sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze

and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees

and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn

and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams

his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream

his wings are clipped and his feet are tied

so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill

of things unknown but longed for still

and his tune is heard on the distant hill

for the caged bird sings of freedom.

31 comments:

Zeekat said...

The flowers called sneeuwklokjes (snowclocks) and they are really to early to be above the ground now. About 2 months early...hmmm...something is changing with te klimat over here...

greetzzz Zeekat

Still said...

Superb text for a great image!

Moi said...

zeekat : guess, global warming is rearing its ugly head everywhere!!!lovely pic, tho' :)

still: thanx:)

Reflex said...

Persistence, it's of great value :D
I really like your pic, those birds seem like they are floating ;)

Chad Oneil said...

The Birds!

Moi said...

reflex: yes and who can teach us better than these li'l creatures ..they were almost floating coz they cud not fly :the winds were really strong...we had a tornado hit our parts last week...guess, that sayz it all ...

Chad: yes they are :)

gathussa said...

actually i think that is a good pic.

Kunal said...

they were trying to form that 'V' shape that results in better aerodynamics...and the bird in front falls back after a while givign his place to some other one...

isnt that great...a collective effort to break through the barriers...and persistence..

freedom, longing..

Sarad said...

Funny pic. Why are the waves slanted, the wind?

Moi said...

gathussa: i am glad u think so....:)

kunal : yeah it is..and thats what struck moi!!!

sarad: tremendously strong winds...we were hit by a tornado last week.....it caused quite some destruction in some parts......i wonder if sea gulls escaped the wrath of it !!!!

Heimdallr said...

Well caught Moi and lovely seascape.
The Maya Angelou poem is perfect too, and thank you for posting that because it answers a question ~ been meaning to look up the book. :-)
Sorry haven't been around much- in process of house-hunting.
Have a great weekend if I don't see ya before Friday .
Sandy

Moi said...

sandy : thanx....and the peom's really beautiful as most of her other works..........good luck with house-hunting..we at our end are busy apt-hunting :)
take care and yeah a great weekend to u too! :)

Atticus Finch said...

Reminds me of the time when I read Jonathan Livingston Seagull back in the '90s (hehe... '90s... makes one sound ancient)! The copy had some amazing shots of seagulls as well...

I always wanted to fly too... Waiting for the summer to do the next best thing - sky-diving :D

Zeekat said...

hmm it was 5 cm snow in a few ours. But tomorrow it will all be gone, just fot a day some snow fun...hmmm wat will it do to the "sneeuwklokje"

greetzz Zeekat

Zeekat said...
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Zeekat said...

the cat's name is Neo and that's me and my siters baby

geetzz

photowannabe said...

Nice one and your choice of poem with it is perfect.
Thanks for visiting my blog and your nice comments. Come back anytime.

mademoiselle P said...

i just finished to take a walk into your blog :D
i love your pics!
the last one, the sea gulls flight upon the sea, against the wind, is a splendid example of your sensiblity

photowannabe said...

I know this is very belated but Best Wishes on your marriage. I just looked at the last few posts and recognized the picture of all the thread for the wedding.

Tim Rice said...

Beautiful photo and wonderful poem!

Suzana said...

If at first you don't succeed....??? Another lovely image, moi. That's my kinda day - it just needs some rain. ;) ;)

suramya said...

lovely photo, but the poem touched a cord.

sandy said...

I'm off to Wales moi *house hunting*, see you in a week. Good luck with your apartmet hunt. :-)
Sandy

Moi said...

atticus : reminds me of the cover too !!! sky0diving: wowwwwwwwwwww!!!! am joining ya , am joining ya!!!! :DD

mademoiselle P : thank u and am delighted to have u here again after a long long time!!!

photowannabe : thanx and u have wished me in past, so no worries!!! :)

tim: thanx :)

suzana: :D it did rain!!!! and rained cats and dogs that night!!!

suramya : am in love with the poem :)

sandy: thanx and wish u the same :)

Nabeel said...

great capture .. a flock of birds flying together or prepare their flight :)

Akshay said...

Hey Moi..HNY nd Good Wishes on ur new zindagi ka safar with ur loved humsafar :) ... apart.. what a great shot that is..flying birds with the river behind..wow..I've always wanted to capture something like that..apart..freedom..ah!..how deep is my desire to wana break free!! ..it hurts..

Jen said...

Oh to have the freedom to fly far, far away...

swati said...

akshay: long, long time!!!! and thanx for all the wishes..:)

jen : :)

Joel Reynolds said...

Great shot - cool moment in time.
Joel

ΓΑΪΔΑΡΑ said...

thank you for visiting my blog... great pics you have here... :)

Austin of Sundrip Journals said...

adding Maya Angelou to this photo project was dead on! She's a great author and humanitarian.

Austin