Social Life in the Sky

I cannot tell which bird is carrying on in such a manner;
I cannot interpret these recriminations expressed
With audacity and persistence! It is the voice of someone
Who knows his own rights as well as those of others!
It could be a lawyer bird defending his companions
Or his clients objecting to their being unjustly treated
Or, perhaps, presenting a plea in their favor. It could
Also be a mother bird admonishing her offspring,
Setting them on the right path, giving them advice
Or teaching them right from wrong! It may be a guide bird,
Taking a group of birds on a tour of the environment,
Examining each tree, studying every branch and leaf,
Each berry and each fruit… It may also be a police bird,
Enunciating the rules and regulations: this is permitted,
And this is not allowed. The bird goes on and on;
Then, all of a sudden, there is a profound silence.
What ever happened to the bird? I cannot tell!

© Djehane Hassouna, 2006

Rainbow of Emotions, page 64

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