POEM: Crow in a Combative Stance

metallic beak —
rough striations worn smooth
like rough iron, burnished

feet planted wide–
one fore & one back,
in a combative stance

head low —
beak pointed accusatorily,
swiveling to resettle the eye

then, with flapping wings,

it’s gone

DAILY PHOTO: Bird on a Rock, Kashmir

Taken in August of 2016 on the Naranag – Sonamarg route

Bamboo Haiku





bamboo copse
groans in subtle wind
no space between


crows rule

the bamboo arch

over the road



bamboo grove
carpeted in grainy beige
alien landscape


plastic cup

gripped in crow’s beak

frat boy style



pink blossoms
will soon bleed onto
bamboo pollen