Wednesday, 14 May 2008

The Lost Dances of Cranes

Your fields are empty now.
Only your ghosts dance
while cranes of another kind
dance cities into being.

All that remain of you are
a fading crackle of your energy
and some grainy video footage

that people in the new cities
will watch to marvel
at the wonders the world

once held.



The International Crane Foundation works to protect crane species across the world.

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I'm delighted that this poem has been included in an English language and literature text book in India. However, if you are an Indian student who is using this text book, please note - I cannot help you with homework questions that relate to interpreting this poem though I can answer other questions about my poetry in general. 

25 comments:

Scot said...

good one Juliet--I saw two storks along the road in some collected rain water in a low spot this past week. Just passing through I suppose. I never have seen that here--felt honored.

Janice Thomson said...

How sad this is happening to so many of nature's creatures.
Touching poem about this increasing problem.

polona said...

apoignant account of stark reality... the cranes of that other kind appear to multiply exponentially here...

Noah the Great said...

:D

Selma said...

Oh, Juliet, this is so sad. So many beautiful species are now a distant memory, with many more joining them. What kind of a world will it be without them?

Stan Ski said...

Development - is it really progress?

Crafty Green Poet said...

Scot - thanks, I'd love to see storks and yes if I did I'd feel honoured...

Janice - thanks and yes it happens more and more

Polona - we've got a lot of the other cranes here too, we can see several from our flat...

Noah - thanks

Selma - a vastly denuded world, I'm sure, its tragic

Stan - development isn't always progress, you're right

Brian said...

There is one Crane species that is doing well and that is the Sandhill Crane. They are very numerous in Florida from wild areas to city parks. I've even seen them raising young in business parking lots and golf courses.

sarala said...

The comparison between the birds and the construction cranes is very well done. I like the image.

texasblu said...

Very sad - hard to live with.

sister AE said...

this gave me shivers.

Writer Reading said...

This poem has its own crackle of energy flowing with an irresistible
rhythm to its sad conclusion

gautami tripathy said...

Sometimes we dwell on the negatives too much. In many ways we are responsible for destruction of nature. However, I feel that not lways. Nature too does not do badly to harm itself.

Maybe it is a start of a new world? Who knows..

tunneled view

Crafty Green Poet said...

Gautami - I think humans are responsible for damaging nature far more than nature herself is responsible for the damage - certainly in terms of large scale destruction.

I try to balance positive with negative in an overall sense in this blog. Yes some posts are negative but others are positive.

Jan said...

i love the symbolism here. we have way to many cranes of the other kind where i live; wherever there's a tree, a crane comes by and takes it out to build a strip-mall or something...very, very nice, but sad poem:)

Manish Edida said...

I like this poem best

Manish Edida said...

I like this poem best

BICS Academy said...

Hello Juliet,
It was just an accident to read your poem `The Lost Dances of Cranes´Few lines yet powerful with naive truth! As a teacher to my students,I know how much I have to be responsible to them to render the poem.Piercing the heart into many! Let us be the protectors not the protesters of the Nature!

Theres Babu said...

Good one ma'am...i am one of those students who are studying your poem..it would be good if you could include a little bit of your personal information( Date of Birth,Nationality)
i must say..that is a part of our homework :)

Theres Babu said...

Good one ma'am...i am one of those students who are studying your poem..it would be good if you could include a little bit of your personal information( Date of Birth,Nationality)
i must say..that is a part of our homework :)

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Theres

I was born in Manchester, United Kingdom, 1966, I live in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Prishika said...

Hi...I would really appreciate if you would answer this question as soon as possible. My question is what are your achievements. This is a part of my homework. Your poem was truly inspiring. Thank you for taking your precious time to answer my question. :)

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Prishka, I've had two poetry pamphlets published - Bougainvillea Dancing and Unthinkable Skies. I'm working on my first novel.

Navjit Debnath said...

I'm another student...can you share your influences to write poems?

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Navjit, thanks for visiting. Nature and environmental issues are two of my biggest influences for writing poetry. I also find it very useful to observe everything in life, because sometimes inspiration can come from unexpected places!