FICTION FART#3: The Plight of the Bowerbird

Satin-Bower-Bird-Nest

SUNDAY

Rain.

So much rain.

Too much rain.

No time for rain.

Must build bower.

Bower must be built.

Can’t procrastinate.

Can’t be late.

Late last year.

Very bad thing.

Missed opportunity.

No luck last year.

Learned lesson.

Will do better this year.

Must do better.

But sad now.

So much sadness.

Why so sad?

No time for sadness.

Positivity.

Be more positive.

Must be positive.

Rain is beautiful.

Makes things green.

Makes things grow.

Like self.

Am grown now.

Am new bird.

Been long year.

Lonely year.

No lady bird.

No baby birds.

No love.

But have grown.

Am strong.

Am attractive.

Am much better.

Stay positive.

Must stay positive.

Happy.

Be happy.

 

MONDAY

So exciting!

Building bower.

Working hard.

Staying busy.

Still raining.

Still muddy.

Wet.

Staying positive.

Staying happy.

Found blue bottle caps.

Blue bower this year.

Blue different.

So unique.

Crowd pleaser.

Will impress lady birds.

Feathers-crossed.

 

TUESDAY

MATING DANCE PRACTICE:

Hop. Hop. Hop.

Shuffle. Shuffle.

Hop. Hop.

Shuffle. Shuffle. Shuffle.

SCREAM. SCREAM. SCREAM. SCREAM.

Hop. Hop. Hop.

Shuffle. Shuffle. Shuffle.

HUGE SCREAM!!!

 

WEDNESDAY

Bower finished.

Home sweet home.

Very blue.

Blue bottle caps.

Blue straws.

Blue toothbrush.

Blue string.

Maybe blue overkill?

Maybe not?

Maybe just right?

Will see tomorrow.

Tomorrow big day.

Very big day.

Staying positive.

But difficult.

Worry set in.

Will sun shine?

Will dance stun?

Will see.

Stay positive.

Must stay positive.

Be happy.

Count blessings.

World good place.

Very good place.

So beautiful.

Life good, too.

Could be worse.

Much worse.

Could be sick.

Could be dead.

Am not those.

Am healthy.

Am alive.

Am lucky.

 

THURSDAY

MATING DANCE ATTEMPT # 1:

Hop. Hop. Hop.

Shuffle. Shuffle.

Hop. Hop.

Shuffle. Shuffle. Shuffle.

SCREAM. SCREAM…

 

IMPROVISE! IMPROVISE! IMPROVISE!

 

…choked.

Major fail.

Lady bird not impressed.

Lady bird gone.

Need practice more.

Screams no good.

Sound like puberty.

Too much hopping.

…so embarrassing.

So mad at self.

Want to quit.

Give up on life.

But can’t.

Not yet.

Sun shining.

So warm.

So hopeful.

One more try.

Give one more try.

Stay positive.

Must stay positive.

Be happy.

Be self.

Just be self.

True self.

 

FRIDAY

MATING DANCE ATTEMPT # 2:

Strut. Strut. Strut.

SQUAWK!!!

Shuffle. Shuffle. Shuffle.

STRUT. STRUT. STRUT.

SQUAWK!!!

SHAKE. SHAKE. SHAKE.

Hop. Hop. Hop.

Strut. Strut. SCREAM!

STRUT. HOP. STRUT. STRUT.

SQUAWK!!!

HUGE SCREAM!!!

HUGE SCREAM!!!

GINORMOUS SCREAM!!!!!!

 

Oh yeah…

Nailed it.

 

SATURDAY

Lady bird in bower.

Sleeping now.

Long night.

Restless night.

Wild night.

If know what mean.

Lady bird so pretty.

So lovely.

So in love!

Lady bird love blue toothbrush.

Thought was nice touch.

Love dancing, too.

Went so well!

So happy now!

Lady bird love me.

Wants baby birds.

Everything SO good.

Everything working out.

Everything perfect.

 

SUNDAY

Woke up alone.

No lady bird.

Lady bird gone.

Thought was joke.

But no joke.

Searched bower.

Searched forest.

Searched pond.

No dice.

No lady bird.

Lady bird gone.

Gone for good.

Thinking now.

All alone.

Alone in bower.

Wondering:

Why happen?

What wrong?

Too much blue?

Not enough wild?

Too much boring?

Not enough handsome?

So sad.

So confused.

Want to quit.

Give up on life.

But can’t.

Not yet.

Sun shining.

So warm.

So hopeful.

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2 thoughts on “FICTION FART#3: The Plight of the Bowerbird

  1. Mark says:

    Should be read on Radiolab. There really is this sort of relentless drive provided by evolved behavior, or instinct (or canalization, to be exact! See C.H. Waddington on Wiki), that can push us through the melancholy of life, isn’t there? Somehow you captured that. Very novel.

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