Saturday, May 7, 2011

Saturday Centus - The Budgie

Our fearless leader Miss Jenny has given us no special challenges this week ... whew ... can you see me wiping the sweat from my brow?  I have problems as it is sometimes ... well for those of you that don't know the drill yet, Jenny gives us a prompt and we write a little something, 100 words or less, not including her prompt ... which, today is "I'd like to teach the world to sing" ... I hope you enjoy ... or think something about my strange little offering ... and please click on the button below to visit other Centusians and their much more interesting stories.


The odd thing about Penny … was that she never sang … or talked … or even chirped.  She stood mute in her birdcage, happily playing with her mirror and bells and bath.  She was often found snuggling close to her cage mate Percy.   It was only in her final moments that she found her voice …singing the most glorious budgie tune … finally finding her voice … an act of freedom. 
“Oh I'd like to teach the world to sing with such glory and abandon” her owner thought, as she carefully picked up the little lifeless body … “without the dying of course.”


peace, love & paper! ~ Jo

Jenny Matlock

14 comments:

Dazee Dreamer said...

Well sad and sweet at the same time.

Judie said...

Jo, I can always depend on you to come up with someyhing that I can relate to. Great post!!
And thanks for your comment on my offering. Sometime we all have to stand up and be counted!!!!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

What do you mean others have more interesting posts? This is as interesting as it gets - layered with sadness, humor and creativity. I like that you let your brain roam so freely.
xoRobyn

June Freaking Cleaver said...

You're right, the whole death thing does put a pall on the glory of the singing.

Great job!

Sue said...

At least the budgie went out on a high note!

;)

PS. Enjoyed the droll nature of the last line.

Amanda said...

I agree with Robyn. This is the best version I read so far. :)

jabblog said...

Aww, so sad and very sweet.

Lynn Stevens said...

ohhhh so sad. This really pulled at my heartstrings. May we all find our voice at the end of our journey.

Jo, I hope you have a wonderful Mothers day!
hugs Lynn

Christine said...

Nice way to go out though, don't you think, in a blaze of notes and glory.

Nonna Beach said...

Oh, Outstanding job... this was so touching and sad too. Reminded me of our long gone sweet little canaries we had when I was a kid. You totally captured the birdie mind set of play and loving snuggles of her cage mate along with the wonderful joy of the songs they sing !

cj Schlottman said...

Ouch! This piece is so visual and tangible. Like Sue, I'm glad Penny went out of a high note.


Namaste..........cj

Ames said...

This is so sad to me. I can't bear to see even the smallest bird caged. What reason would they have to sing if they were cage up. On the other hand, knowing the end of it internment was near is reason enough to be joyful.~Ames

Jenny said...

What a bitter-sweet little gem of a story. This was so visual to me. I really, really liked this!

Tina said...

awww what a sad little story. but told so beautifully