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Concrete Jungle

by Dr. Jaipal Singh
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The metro city I live in is a concrete jungle
Skyscrapers and huge buildings are its trees
Concrete flyovers, blacktop roads are pathways
Revving trucks and cars with the whirring sirens
Are omnipresent carnivores - tigers and hyenas
And bikers and barefoots as deers and antelopes.

The concrete jungle lives and flourishes
Everything else is turning dirty and dark
No more green trees, no natural grass
Men only walk on the rugged concrete
No more lovely birds soar in the sky
Only loud aeroplanes to deafen our ears
And to rock human homes and thoughts.

But a few green patches left in the city
Still leave some hope for the humanity
At a stone's throw away distance from our place
Is 'The Ridge', ridge area as many of us call it
Or mankind's ingenuity and sanity, if we call it.

In the concrete jungle to have some peace
The Ridge area offers me a lot of solace
Just a minute's walk, to be in tune with nature
What a lovely sight, the canopy of trees offer
A shelter and home for so many soaring chirpy birds
A flock of parrots, partridges, cuckoos and pigeons.

Who can forget mention of passerine species
Perched upon the old banyan and peepal trees
Nightingales sing without pause sweet melodies
And peacocks dance, their plumes outspread
With their bright feathers of azure and emerald
A beautiful sight in morning, evening and rains
Of the Indian classical and western pelvic gyrations
Natives! Even Shakira and Beyonce will be envious.

So refreshing and rejuvenating are those moments
I walk often to the Ridge to escape concrete jungle.

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Comments on this Poem

Comment Composition at the link vindicates your sentiments for Delhi and thanks for introducing to well organized 'anjuman' , of course I need time to learn more about it.

I have similar attachment for Lucknow for many reasons, one being my entire education including a Ph.D. Delhi is like a second home, current spell being 4th posting while in civil service.

21-May-2012 10:05 AM

Yes, Paris is one city I would love to visit again and again.

So is Delhi as I always feel very nostalgic about this city.

I've done all my schooling and univ. there....

Here's a song-shayeri combi on Dilli.


21-May-2012 05:01 AM

Comment It certainly is..., Aparna Ji, even Delhi, the place of your education, is getting increasingly better.

We do have our emotive reasons to like or dislike a place. Paris offers a lot of variety for tourists, like in my case it was Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower and Seine River Cruise among many...

20-May-2012 13:24 PM

All said and done, it's one of the world's most beautiful cities.

I went there years back for my honeymoon :) Its memories still make me swoon :)

Especially - Opéra National De Paris - Simply Superb !!!

20-May-2012 09:35 AM

Comment Yes, I have been to and one can easily see Eiffel Tower.

20-May-2012 08:35 AM

There's no escaping the concrete jungle be it India or abroad.

The city shown here is Paris.

20-May-2012 03:22 AM

Comment Thanks, Aparna Ji, as ever you have picked up a right choice (a concrete jungle).

20-May-2012 00:58 AM

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