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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dear Sami ... only in the country can you learn the true meaning of survival. The art with your poem is lovely, and survival is poetry in motion. truly, Pat

Posted 1 Month Ago


Patricia Wedel

1 Month Ago

Sami, you are a gentleman and a scholar ...
Bravo...
Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

:::::;))))))
Patricia Wedel

1 Month Ago

*******))))))
I found this to be very interesting. The bird overwhelmed...the many animals...makes me think of the ark with a different outcome. Intriguing....

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Whoa. Thank you so much Bare Trees for this fruitful review and kind words. Very unique interpretati.. read more
There are so many layers to this poem it is almost mind boggling. The farm, a symbol of the past, the bird refusing to leave with the rest, a symbol of the wayward youth and/or humanities inability to move forward quickly enough to keep up with nature. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Thank you!

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Many layers and many important messages all wrapped up here together. I like your take and your pers.. read more
Adaptations and survival skills are for continuity of life journey. If mankind won't shape to these they may have to ship out from this world to heaven or hell. Nature migrate and animals adapt. The kings of the living things just fool around and perish like the bird who stayed at the yard. Perils and suffering might been in the migration and few might not reach destiny and very may be more miserable than they were prior. The common truth is majority of the migrated flock survived.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Whoa. You are few of the wise and greats on here who see the reality of things and peel the layers ... read more
Amongst earthy beauty and natural harmony, death strikes--whether precipitated by the victim's poor judgement or of its being in the wrong place at the right time.
Work of a very high order!

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

So true and well articulated. You have graced us by your wisdom and grabbed us by your kindness. Th.. read more
Fluently thoughtful. Symbolic in essence. There's a kind of harmony unique in itself. The somewhat poetic end also reminded me of the Classical English works of Drama. I like this!

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Many and many thank yours dear poet for taking the time and effort. So glad to hear your thoughts. B.. read more
Lovely images of country life and what it brings to our world!
This pairing is wonderful and full of life with the senses engaged in the scenery of it,
and your message is full of thoughts on your subject matter
so much, goes away over time.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Whoa. Thank you so much beloved poet and friend for this wonderful review and appreciation. You are .. read more
Although I felt empathy for the bird, you graced this story with wisdom and moral Sami...beautiful images to accompany and a message that shall remain in the ripples of time :)

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

I'm so relieved to see you and for gracing this site. As always, you bring hope and joy to all. Than.. read more
Poppy Ruth Silver

1 Month Ago

My pleasure Sami and always nice to read you :)
Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

::::::)))))
That;s a cute story, and well-told. I was rooting for the bird to be rescued in the eleventh hour, but I full appreciate the harsh justice of nature turning the bird's poor choice to the cat's benefit. I enjoyed this.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

So true and well articulated. You have summed it up marvelously. Thank you so much Debbie.
Debbie Barry

1 Month Ago

You're welcome, Sami.
Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

:::::))))))))))
We all depend on wisdom, weather and each other as a whole for survival.

Posted 1 Month Ago



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