A duck’s entreaty to the ‘peaceful’ people of Chitral

..  by Shams Uddin, Booni, Chitral, Pakistan

Glanced in a bird’s eye view

The sprawling lakes in blue

To lure us into a fatal trap

Stalkers with guns in the lap 

 Fledglings die a year after birth

    Each year as we travel north

 

 Lo! a decoy duck flutters

 Mimicry, so typical it utters

 We are poached as we land

 As a gift offered to a friend

 Don’t wipe us from the earth

 Each year as we travel north

 

God ordains thou, be merciful

To creatures on earth, plentiful

Stop self-defeating measures

Nor erode ecological treasures

Do us something of any worth

Each year as we travel north

 

Don’t spray us with a firing tool

When we come to rest in the pool

Unleashing spaniels formidable

This act of you utterly deplorable

Please don’t trap us in the firth

Each year as we travel north

 

 .. by Shams Uddin, Booni, Chitral, Pakistan, 19 Feb 2022

2 thoughts on “A duck’s entreaty to the ‘peaceful’ people of Chitral

  1. A heart touching entreaty of our innocent seasonal visiting guests (ducks), well portrayed Shams, much appreciated.
    Alas, when our people know and realize to respect life on earth?

  2. Beautiful and touching! Preservation of natural resources is not only desired, it is becoming an urgent issue.
    There should also be a proper communication strategy to raise awareness, a proper license and fees paid by the hunters, a limited hunting season with opening and closing dates, and of course fines for non-compliance. Does Chitral local government do anything in policing game?

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