Friday, September 30, 2011

the cool breeze

heralds the rain. it is a respite after the sticky humidity of the last few days. i am thankful. i am so thankful because now i know (and hope) that kukku, our african grey will get water. she flew away three afternoons ago.

she has flown away before. but, then she couldn't fly far with her clipped wings and landed on the first floor of another building in our residential complex, ignored the sprouts they tried to feed her and almost bit open anyone who came near her. she was back with us in less than two days!

this time, i don't feel anything. no heaviness of the heart, no sinking feeling in the gut, nothing. its like the sub-conscious, or the soul, or whatever is that profound quiet voice, has made peace with the inevitable.

they are intelligent birds, these african greys. she could mimic our cough, the reverse sounds of two cars in our building, "blackie, blackie, come here," "blackie NO," and "aveeee," and a number of bird calls. i used to joke with H that she talks too much to herself just like buck of ice age 3. what makes me lose confidence and saddens me is the thought that maybe she wanted out.

she was left open in the house, like we do twice a week, for her to fly and after four rounds she just flew out of the window, flew out of the balcony, flew into the blue sky... just like she was meant to. the wings are just a bonus.

kukku and i



PS
by now, posters with cash reward to anyone who finds and hands her over would have been pasted around the neighbourhood.

8 comments:

Jidhu Jose said...

lovely Snap

Srivilasica said...

If you love somebody, let them go; for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were. ~ Kahlil Gibran
Much used (and abused), but true!

shilpa said...

thank you jidhu :)

shilpa said...

sindhuuuuuuu, she was ours. she is ours :)

Shalini said...

aha, so this is what happened. You've had a busy weekend.

shilpa said...

actually, she flew away Monday evening. for some reason, it is registered in my brain as "three days." i do wonder, about all the time between Monday evening and Friday morning, where she could have been. some questions will remain unanswered!

silpas said...

it's strange i been thinking about her these past few days...maybe i would have asked you finally today about her,when i saw her on ur flickr stream today. i was thinking of her maybe because i realised i didntsee any mention of her in recent posts in flickr or in here when i made my last trip after you sent me the link.

shilpa said...

that is some telepathy, silpa. i waited five days before i let the lament pour out. thanks for dropping in from flickr :)