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Sunday, September 21, 2014


Dear Saints and Legends,

For this Sunday's Poetry Pantry at Poets United, I have decided to write a Hindu-inspired 
poem called, "The Pigeon" for your entertainment.  It uses the Hindu as well as Buddhist
belief in reincarnation.  The Lord in this piece is referring to Lord Krishna and the term "samsara" is the endless cycle of reincarnation that most eastern religions believe in.  Have 
a blessed Sunday (new week) and may the great Krishna be with you.

I cry from the injustice
that has befallen me
in another time I was
a pigeon so free
Now I am a homeless man
outside a restaurant
living on scraps
found in trash cans

Lord what have I done to deserve this?

I have no life
I'm hanging on 
but I can't stop time
soon I'll be gone
Oh the days of soaring
the skies above
was an era of happiness
I truly loved

Lord can you bring back such bliss?

The Lord replied:

You often complain
when you have been given traits
that would allow you to rise
and have a good life
You are better off as a human
for you have intelligence
greater than a pigeon's

Each creation of mine
is unique and sublime
in their own beauties

Just know this then
a pigeon is lesser than a man
You were given multiple talents
when you were a young gentleman
So please stand up
I grant you another chance
to achieve betterment
for yourself my friend.

I said:

But I am weak
My bones and joints creak
My back hurts
My life is a curse
Are you sure Master?

The Lord replied:

How can you doubt the Creator?
the one who made the universe?
Haven't you seen and heard enough?
Haven't you tasted sweat and blood?
My word is the Word
I give it and you should concur
Now go forth and prosper
My angels will help you further
Just achieve and share.

I sang:

Forgive my impatience
and lack of faith 
With your words I praise
you always
But I think I'll fare much better
as a pigeon of the air
and on the streets
people will always feed 
me with delicious treats
and I'll get to see
all the beauties of the city
as well as the misdeeds

So Lord be merciful and kind
change me back 
to the pigeon me 
of a past life

The Lord replied:

I never bend 
with my words and decisions
for I am wisdom,
honor, and Brahman
Since you've damaged mine ears
with your moans and tears
I will grant your wish
only that you achieve bliss
and justice
the ones you stress
in this form you miss
the bird the pigeon. 

I sang:

Oh I will never regret
it is for the best.
I will feel my greatest
when I become it.

The Lord replied:

Change oh man
into a bird again
fly to the trees
of another time's city
and go in peace
may your sadness cease.

I sang:

Thank you Lord Krishna
for this gift of Samsara
My former form I reclaim
I must now rejoice
and fly away.

Song: Masakali
Musicians: Various Bollywood artists
Featured in the 2009 Bollywood film: Delhi-6
Video by Youtube User: T-Series (thank you T-Series!!!)


  1. very, very interesting story! I like what you did with it :-)

  2. The god is under the control of a devotee as is said in our Hinduism .This poem proves it. Lovely poem.

  3. So much to ponder here, James. You really were inspired, and your reflections are eloquent.

  4. aha...that's one of my favorite songs...you can tie Krishna with a love-rope...nice lines here James :)

  5. very interesting and quite an insight. Well done.

  6. Ha, he will have to become a man again, still, in order to further his soul's journey. It is interesting he went from a pigeon feeding on scraps to a homeless man doing the same. Cool story, James.

    1. Sherry, you may have missed other parts of the poem where the homeless man reminisces on the freedom of a pigeon and how delicious the treats he'll eat from people who feed pigeons. that's why I didn't say to eat from trash cans but from the "delicious treats" that people will offer him. Now your point of view may be different from mine but in my eyes a pigeon does not complain about its God-given lifestyle whereas humans who are homeless long for shelter and delicious food to eat. God bless.

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  7. Yes I can see that not everyone are ready for the ordeal to rise according to such belief.. to me it can also work as a metaphor for what you should do with your life..Actually it bears some of the same wisdom as the parable of the 10 talents from the bible..

  8. such beautiful and inspiring words. i really enjoyed this. you are bringing us some very valuable lessons about life. thank you for this wisdom!

    stacy lynn mar

  9. Enjoyed the fable and its depth... Thank you for this.. With Best Wishes Scott www.scotthastie.com

  10. I like the wisdom inherent in this peace...it speaks to so many things.....contentment, unique beauty, gratitude, etc.

  11. This is a thought provoking piece. I think one must grow into the wisdom it holds...


  12. Somehow your dialogue made me think of Job and his unhappiness with his lot, or Jonah. In any case I enjoyed the discussion between the man and The Lord.