Conference of Birds

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Picture courtesy of Ut-Tair, Mantiq, (1971) The Conference of the Birds by Farid Ud-Din Attar, Shambala: Berkley.


Hundreds of bulbuls around the lake

A large white heron as the conference chair

Drawn to the water’s edge for companionship and clarity

After endless smoke-filled days, our habitats ravaged by it

Noxious foods, nests and shelter

Consciousness from divine rays is barely filtering through,

We sit here for a while in silent meditation

There is a tacit, unspoken agreement to dive into the water

Silent meditation replaced by chirping relief

The white heron soars above

Is it offering protection?



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