Square Deal

Square Deal

A Story by Sami Khalil
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The story of the barnyard bird.

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Square Deal/........By Sami Khalil

The story of the Barnyard Bird.

They dived into harbinger dreams of the warm clime, while nestling seamlessly a lush, green barnyard copse all summer. A large flock of birds were ready to make the journey(pilgrimage), veering south, for they knew that birds that flock together, thrive together.

Between paws and hoofs, the braying of donkeys was a cause of discomfort to public domains, as gazing cows were chewing gently their culinary cud. Horses neighed in the distance, swishing their tails, while frolicking around the pasture, blanketed by sunrise hues.

Farmers were tending their haylofts, as the sibilant sound of the wind chimed in uncertain tuning.

Ants came marching as always, urged on by dreams of storing harvest for the rainy days. As for the rooster, full of pride and vanity, unanimously the valiant messenger, left petulant holes to non-early risers of blue yonder and hesitations.

We know that seasons change behaviors except for this hard-headed bird (rebellious I might say) who, for short of wisdom, decided to remain behind and not fly off according to plan with his peers. He wanted to stay in the exotic comfort zone (the exotic barnyard) and enjoy all what it has to offer. Winter came fast like a thief, dim cold and bleak, and the weighty snow started falling.

This bird’s plight wilted his hopes of any survival plan and the way of his death was imminent, frozen in a shield of hoarfrost, laying upon the flaxen grasses.

A wayward, hungry cat came along and feasted on him. Had he listened, it would have been a lifesaver. Had he joined the survival scheme, he would have been successful.

 

No footprints mar the blindfolded birthing

When foolishness sully an ushered wisdom

Together we thrive onslaughts of survival

With weary pent, dreadfulness unearthing



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© 2017 Sami Khalil



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The whole story is too vivid as if you, yourself might be a bird in past and feel the moment.
You are master in writing, dear writer. From starting to ending, every word was making a picture in my mind and it is the quality of your story.
Thank you sooo much for sharing with all of us. :)
The poem at theend of story is too good.
:)

Posted 10 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

10 Months Ago

Whoa! Thank you so much beloved poet and friend for this excellent review and kind words. You are ap.. read more
Irenic

10 Months Ago

Don't thank me, i am thankful to you for sharing your creativity with us and letting us to learn fro.. read more
Sami Khalil

10 Months Ago

:)...............
Artwork and words are amazing my friend. Always a pleasure to read your work. I hope you and family are having a safe and fun holiday.
Coyote

Posted 11 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

11 Months Ago

Wow! Same to you my good friend. Thank you so much for this chrished visit and wishes. Peace on Eart.. read more
Coyote Poetry

10 Months Ago

You are welcome my good friend.
Sami Khalil

10 Months Ago

:)...............
An entertaining fable in very poetic language, even in the story part! I very much enjoyed it, and thanks for sharing!

Posted 11 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

11 Months Ago

Thank you too for the certification and visit. I appreciate all. Take care.
Wonderful, Sami! Life is such a journey and only the stronger will survive with the help of others. We as humans often are clouded by our own judgment and selfishness but if we look at how the other beings (animals) pull together to take on life's journey, you realize very quickly that life does not have be this hard. Loved it Sami!

Posted 11 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

11 Months Ago

Amazing insight and words. You are clever indeed. I can't agree more. We are all part of the whole a.. read more
beautiful, glad to see you are still wordsmithing!

Posted 11 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

11 Months Ago

Whoa! What a lovely visit. So glad to see you and know you like it. Still going and going....
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The personification here is wonderful, Sami. There is a lesson we can learn from the animal kingdom....we must all help one another get through the tough times and by doing so, we are all stronger. As always, your choice of vocabulary is stellar and I enjoyed seeing the artwork accompanying your words. Lydi**

Posted 11 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

11 Months Ago

Whoa! You have nailed it on the head. It is all imperative for our survival as species. Thank you so.. read more
Another amazing piece by you . A story. I love it. Everything is on point. All is described as it is. It's like am actually watching it. ...... Some people wants to play safe and not take a chance.. Safe is home... Yet sometimes safe is far from home.

Posted 11 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

11 Months Ago

So true and well articulated. I'm so glad you like this story and the many lessons it provides. So .. read more
Useful story with words of wisdom. Some would rather die at "home" rather than let go for the sake of survival. Is it arrogance, strong attachments or simply stupidit?

Posted 11 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

11 Months Ago

I would say if it is to defend your country or people, it is an imperative to fight and die. But if .. read more
Centfie

11 Months Ago

I see your point Sami Khalil. Indeed survival is key
Sami Khalil

11 Months Ago

:)...................
It feels like your story is meant to convey a lesson, but I'm not sure which lesson my mind will finally land on, after I ponder your imagery awhile. I love the way you include lots of critters, each with a nicely complete description of personality, bringing these creatures to life as much as painting them with details. It's hard to decide, sometimes, whether to stay on & endure the cold . . . or maybe we should just flyyyyy . . . *sigh!* Thanks for the thought-provoking tale (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 11 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

11 Months Ago

The choices are many, far and in between for us all to make in life and reality. Many lessons are in.. read more
What a tale you have told here Sami, crammed to overflowing with images that depict quintessential rural life. Living with nature and being aware of it is so very important today and will become even more so to our children’s children. As always superbly composed…. All Good Things, Neville

Posted 11 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

11 Months Ago

Thank you so much beloved poet and friend for this wonderful review and appreciation. All good thin.. read more

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