Nature finds its way

A swarm of yellow hornets

Gather on our backyard wall,

As though a conference is on.


Nearby, a sunbird perches merrily

On the branch of the mango tree,

Pecking on a fruit to see if it is ready to eat.


Inside, my mother worries, the bird

Will eat up the fruits we grow so diligently.

“And shut that back door quickly.”

“I don’t want those pesky insects to get in!”


I remind my mother that the whole world is shut in,

Thanks to that bat which met that fated pangolin.

“Nature finds its way”, I conclude, and no sooner did I step in,

We spot a lizard on the wall that had slyly crept in…


© Vidya Venkat (2020)






Published by Vidya Venkat

Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at SOAS, London. Formerly, journalist at The Hindu, Chennai.

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