The Crane

The Crane ode

Oh bird, your meditation, that Indian monks borrowed
And conduct school of meditation, with no means,
To their ends, as they do it artificially, as a road-show;
But thou makes it creative to find your prey and catch it
As a day-to-day affair, seeking the daily bread for living.

Wonderful, your slow, steady and step by step move
And the stand-still posture, on one leg, within the water
To pick a small fish into your throat and keep it there,
Not wasting time to catch and eat the other one,
Before it disappears from your sight and search the next.

Vow! Your eyes, the web-cam, that a man lacks
In his total focusing, that made him fail to achieve.
For him, meditation is something else, as the so called
Monks and sages do enact, to get peace, from far off,
But you create a peaceful living, within your reach.

Thank God, for his creation like you, the white feathered,
Oh damsel, your flight is to search the worms and grubs,
Above the water and underneath the earth, hiding themselves,
Living safely, without being attacked by birds like you;
But your intelligence and penance would find them easily.

Intelligent enough, every living being, for fetching its food
And you manage to catch, even the smallest hidden grubs
To be swallowed, and saved a bit at your throat for your kids,
Waiting impatiently for your return, in the same way the pests
And larvae find their way, encroaching the food path of others.

You prove, my dear crane, nothing is hidden anywhere,
Nor any thing there, in this world, left undiscovered;
That one can find his way forward, if conscious and keen,
What to do and where to go, in search of his own living,
Caring not the obstacles and hazards that can be kept aside.

Most of you living in small nests, on the tip of a branch,
That may shiver even on small shakes that you know
And you need to know such shakes to keep you alert,
To be shifted and saved, immediately to another tree,
Half conscious and half asleep, thinking of small kids.

Oh, my dear crane, teach me thy patience & tolerance,
The austerity and penance you perform, overnight,
To keep your family alive and alert, on hot summer,
Saving themselves from hunters and wood-cutters,
Searching food on you, birds, a good meal for others.

Tell me crane, how you teach your kids, this lesson,
So simple, to reach the prey, with no acting or cheating,
Unlike we men and other animals do, hiding ourselves
To trap the prey in disguise, but you pick one by one, as if,
Your right it is, to collect and eat the worms, at your sight.

You seemed to be alone even in crowd, and you imagine
The world so vast, flying far off with no fear of death;
Flapping the white wings, the white flag of peace around
With no question of war, nothing to affect thy peace of mind.
Nor to attack and invade anything for your sake, but a meal.

And you, become the meal of others, if not careful, as it’s,
In our children’s stories, ’that a wolf needed your help,
To take away the thorn, strangled in his throat’, on eating,
With a hidden motive, but you cleverer and smarter, flew up,
Cheating him, as if to take your tools, wisely, not returned.

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CP RAJASEKHARAN ( Brief Biography) CP Rajasekharan, the well-known writer and broadcaster was born and brought up in an Indian village, North Parur of Ernakulam district in Kerala state. Started preprimary education from own mother and joined in local LP School for primary education; finished upper primary and higher secondary Lessons from Govt. High School & SNV Sanskrit High School, North Parur. Associated with the ‘Sarvodaya Movement’ (Peace and welfare for all) of Gandhi Peace foundation, and worked with its social welfare activities in the village and became the chairman of its children’s wing, at the age of 13. Participation in the literary and social activities, apart from studies aided him to prove himself as a best student, an all-rounder in the campus and elected as the school leader, while studying in 10th class of SNV Sanskrit High School. Later, became elected as the magazine editor, arts club secretary, general secretary and chairman continuously in the yearly college union election; and successfully completed graduation & post-graduation in Sanskrit language & literature with prizes and honours from Govt. Sanskrit College and University College of Trivandrum. Staged the first play, at the age of five and started acting as a child artist in famous plays presented by the professional theaters of the state. Started writing scripts for amateur children’s theater at the young age itself, associating with various theater groups. Stories, plays and poems have been published in school, college magazines and local publications, during student life itself. Joined All India Radio with a career in electronic media and worked for Radio & TV, in various capacities from the post of Program presenter to the post of the Director of Radio & TV; and served in media for 35 years covering various states of India.That was an opportunity to win national and international reputation in scripting directing and producing Stage, Radio & TV programs. The Radio profession was an indirect force to write and do productions with innovative ideas capturing the listeners’ appreciation. The first full-fledged, play, ‘HOMAM’, (The Oblation) was broadcast in 1976, that received high appreciation from radio listeners all over the state and successfully continued the broadcast and publication of poems, lyrics, stories musical features, documentaries and plays that became a part of the job since 1976. The first book, ‘Moonnu Vayasanmaar’ (Three Old Men) written as a Radio Drama, on old-age agony, in 1982 and published later as a stage play in 1986, enabled to receive the ‘Literary Academy Prize’, the prominent award of Sahithya Academy of the State. Then blessed with the receipt of other awards and reputation that includes the ‘Award of the State Academy of Music and Theater’, ‘National Awards of All India Radio’, (for several programs and productions many times), best ‘Public Service Broadcaster Award’ of India and the ‘Television Award’ of the State. Studied English literature, philosophy, and psychology, in the meantime, by own effort and received an additional degree in Education from Calicut University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Counseling from Kerala University that enabled to start the Radio & TV counseling programs. Received training in Radio Drama production & direction from Germany, TV direction and production from the National Film Institute, Pune of India and obtained the Media Management Training from, staff training institute, Bhubaneswar, India. Presently conducting counseling programs, on education, career and family problems as a full time charity service and taking demonstration lectures, on personality development and peaceful living, associating with hospitals, educational institutions and social organizations all over the state, to uplift the poor youngsters, with motivation therapy and psychotherapy. Destitute, isolated boys and girls, disturbed in life, were rescued and taken to own home for a short stay with own family and children and train them with needful educational and career guidance to lead the helpless youth, into a peaceful and successful life. Written more than 300 lyrics, already broadcast from All India Radio Stations of Kerala & Madras, with the association of great film personalities and published nearly 40 books and 3000 articles, on various topics, reacting to social problems, happening in the world, with own comments and opinion, to stop anarchy brutality and corruption in the state. Retired from National TV and Radio of India as its Director, and started working as the Student coordinator and Media Manager of Indira Gandhi National Open University, receiving the invitation of Indira Gandhi National Open University. Later received invitation, as the Editor of a Malayalam News Paper, Suprabhatham; and worked with them for one year in Calicut. Awarded with the Tagore National fellowship of the Ministry of Culture, India; and did research on the Performing arts of India, to be published by the Sangeet Natak Academy, the National academy of Music, Dance & Theater. Presently working as the Editorial Consultant for the books & journals in the publications division of the ministry of information & broadcasting of India. Also associating with MG University, Kerala University, Calicut University, Indira Gandhi National Open University and Malayalam University of Kerala, as the External Examiner, member of the board of studies, Expert committee-member, visiting professor etc. and presenting demonstration lectures in various universities of India.CP RAJASEKHARAN cp99rajsekhar@gmail.com 9447814101
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