By Somali K Chakrabarti


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Murmuration of 

starlings rising in unison

twisting and turning

in incredible patterns;

Balletic coordination!

© Somali K Chakrabarti


Tanka is a Japanese form of non-rhymed lyrical poem consisting of 5 lines. A tanka in English follows a short-long-short-long–long pattern.


Lei: A wreath for your soul‘, is a string of short poems reflecting on nature, life and emotions.





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  • Beautiful as always…weaving picture and poem… 🙂

  • The imagery which you create always out of words are far more touching than the images itself.

  • I’ve written about the very same thing as a Haiku 🙂

  • Oops! Try this link to my Haiku on starlings! 😉

  • Yes yes have you seen a flock of little birds do that.. It is mesmerising and wowow a beautiful scene..

    In our village we had two small dunes right in the end of our fields and in evenings there use to be the sparrow that would flock mullions and then on a slight noise they would all fly in a unison..


    • Bikramjit you are lucky to have lived in a place where you have seen this. I have only seen seagulls flying in a flock. When i see such beautiful pictures, it leaves me awestruck so I can only imagine how beautiful it must be to see it.

  • Such a nice one! The moments I saw the image, my mind uttered the word – patterns. I was glad to read it in the poem! 🙂

  • If only the human race learned teamwork from the starlings!

  • bhudeb chakrabarti

    April 2, 2016 at 11:10 am

    A fine poem.

  • Beautiful and informative! New terms there

  • fantastic pic and beautiful poem Somali.

  • Balletic is just the perfect word to describe the beautiful co-ordination of the birds…wonderfully penned… 🙂

  • Loved this.. And the one of your owl… Lovely poetry xxx

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