Monday, 14 June 2021

Clutching at straws



We spy on her constantly, lest she fly

and this too falls apart, this omen of sorts

where meanings of home and growth crystallise

in this strange space between landing and goodbye

amidst the dire pandemic news reports

and what a dove and her egg can symbolise.

The mundane can be charged with so much hope.


She clutches at her straws as I clutch at mine

and we’re both doing what needs to be done;

setting up a home is also dismantling

another in some other space and time,

till the final stop is given, or won

at the very end of all the travelling.

But for now the egg’s a straw and helps to cope.


  1. Hari OM
    a lovely continutation for this home/nesting theme! Hope things are progressing as best they can your side. YAM xx

    1. They are, thank you. Keeping positive and spying on the doves! :)

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    1. Love echoes, they reinforce both the beauty and content of the original. Thank you.

  3. I have had the opportunity to see lots n lots of doves hatching their eggs in places nearby and also in my terrace. I saw other birds as well, but a good thing about doves is that they never fully abandoned and often their children revisit the nests for their own children. So yes, they are so full of life and progenies and homes, strange that they're still called a mourning doves. Lol.

    Btw, Greetings.. Hope you had a lovely weekend and thank you for sharing your notes and beautiful thoughts.

    1. There are dove nests every year in these small windows of the building. And pigeons. I am extra aware of them this year - because of the pandemic and personal's comforting the invariability of their rhythms and cycles. Thanks for being here.

  4. Whoa. I sure hope all parties - doves, you, eggs, etc - can keep it together until a finale.

    Your poem is lovely and oh so fragile.
    thinking of you, my friend........

    1. Thank you, Joanne. Fingers crossed for all parties to keep it together...

  5. Hi Nila - so much going on ... especially for those who've had to up-sticks and move back to their homeland, after other events - I feel for you ... and gentleness is just what we need ... time to settle and regroup ...
    With lots of thoughts and care - Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary. This dove family is helping me though I can't say exactly how :)