In the beginning, there was The Bird. And The Bird was in darkness, for
the Cage was covered, and there was naught to see.
And The Bird was miffed about this situation, and demanded that the Cage
be Uncovered, and that there should be light.
And The Bird sayeth 'BBBBBBBRRRRRRRAAAAAAAWWWWWWKKK!'
And, lo, this cry did shatter the morning silence, and the Ears of The Owner
were rent assunder, and the sleep of The Owner did dissipate.
And it came to pass, that The Cage was Uncovered by the Owner, and thus light
did flood in, and The Bird saw that all was Good.
For in the light of the Uncovered Cage, The Bird beheld that the Food Dish
was forsaken of food...there was naught within.
And boy, The Bird was wroth with perturbment, and thus sayeth the bird:
'Oh, mere mortal Owner, ist thou so stupid as to forget my morning
repast, as is my right to demand of you?'
But the Owner knew not the divine language, and it only sounded like
(mostly because her ears had been rent assunder earlier)
And as it was the will of The Bird, the food and the water dishes were
taken away, and ritually washed and dried. The divine repast of
Pesticide-Free Organic Produce, Dried Fruit, Berries, Nuts and Expensive
Pellets was duly prepared, and thus presented before The Bird.
And the Bird looked upon the great feast with one round, dark eye, and
decided to become mortally afraid of Carrots, even though The Bird had
eaten Carrots since time unending. And thus, were the Carrots flung down
from the Cage, to roll under the sofa, to go unnoticed by The Owner and
decay there. This action much pleased The Bird, and henceforce, The Bird took
great Joy in flinging All Manner Of Objects out of The Cage and Onto The
Floor. The Bird saw that this was good and proclaimed
So that The Owner and All The World would know. (Maybe not the *whole* world,
but everyone on the next three blocks sure as hell knew about it.)
And The Bird knew by Divine Avian Logic that if he did not care for the
prepared morning repast, he was entitled to feast upon books, heirloom
furniture and Small Children (not necessarily in that order). But today,
having flung away all the Carrots, the bird deemed the repast edible, and
lo, did make a gourmand of itself, and ate the whole thing, and was done.
But with the morning repast finished, and nothing left to fling, The Bird
soon became bored. It was time to go Beyond The Cage, as this was also
the divine right of the bird, to wander the living area of The Owner, and
Poop Upon All He Observed, floor, furniture, man, woman, or child. For
The Bird possessed The Owner, and by all Avian Logic, The Bird did
possess anything that The Owner possesed, even if The Owner had A Big Mac,
and was eating it, The Bird was in all rights able to take the Big Mac from
the owner, and of course, Fling It Down Onto The Floor, and even better,
Poop Upon It.
And so sayeth the bird 'BBBBBBBRRRRRRRAAAAAAAWWWWWWKKK!'
and hence, the
owner came running, and made the door of The Cage to be Open. And The Owner
said unto The Bird, 'UP!' and The Bird did, in all it's sublime glory,
step upon The Hand of The Owner. And the bird was much pleased, and
did happily make a noise of contentment, and all was good, and quiet and
peaceful (for the next three seconds).
But, as The Bird sat upon The Hand of The Owner, The Bird beheld that
there was, abiding in the Living room, upon the sofa, The Significant
Other of The Owner. And The Heart of The Bird was filled with a great and
dour jealously, and The Bird did henceforth swear to try to Devour The
Significant Other At Every Opportunity and would forever, see that
The Significant Other suffered Pain from the Beak of The Bird, and Poop
from the Other End. And the Bird looked upon the Significant Other, and
in an exceeding loud voice, which caused the Significant Other to spill
his soda all over. And The Bird Saw That This Was Not Only Good, But
Pretty Damn Funny, Too. And henceforth, The Bird would Scream whenever
The Significant Other would dare to be in the same area as The Bird (within
a 10 mile radius).
And then it came to pass, that The Bird was removed from the Hand of The
Owner, and The Feet of The Bird came to rest upon the perch of the playpen
that was solely The Bird's. And such were the delights in the Eyes of
The Bird. A swing, a chain, wood to chew, and many things to fling. And
there came upon the land, A Miracle, and that Miracle was named Silence,
and Silence ensued for the next two hours, whilst The Bird did Amuse
Itself and Play quietly.
And while this was, the owner did carefully clean The Cage and removed the
Poop from therein, and made the cage to be most immaculate.
As time passed, The Bird was made weary from all the difficulties
involved in the job of being a Divine Creature. And so The Bird, going
quietly unobserved, did clamber down from It's pen, and make to It's cage,
where It took a nap.
And The Owner looked upon the playpen, and saw that The Bird did not
abide within or upon, and The Owner was fraught with fear, thinking that
The Bird had either devoured itself whole or that The Significant Other Had
Indeed, Meted Out A Terrible Punishment Upon The Bird, And The Bird Was
Now A Fancy-Coloured Featherduster. And The Owner did set up such a great
and Sorrowful keening, that it caused The Bird to awake, and Screech loudly
for being disturbed during such an important job as a nap. And, lo, the
Owner was soothed, and The Bird returned to It's nap.
And when the time for the nap had passed, and The Bird was now Awake,
Refreshed, and Hell-Bent For Leather, The Bird did cleverly let itself
out of The Cage (for no implement of any mere mortal could hold it) and
sought out something for to destroy.
And it came to pass that The Bird ate a $100 dollar Technics Stereo
Speaker, and lo, a miracle it was that The Bird was not electrocuted into
something resembling Kentucky Fried Chicken.
And the Owner was sore annoyed by The Bird's action, and Cursed and
Decried the Bird, and The Bird was returned to The Cage, where It did Sulk
for an Hour unmitigated.
So the rays of sunlight coming through the window, did grow long, and Orange
in colour, and The Bird saw that it was time for the evening repast, and
was given a divine meal, in the bowl.
But The Bird soon became sore displeased, when it noted that The Owner
was possessed of a Golden Dragon dinner....Chinese Take-Out, and The
Bird did upset the dish into the Bottom of The Cage, and thereupon did
fling All out from The Cage, and Scream until it was soothed with a large
piece of of Family-Style Bean Curd.
And then The Bird did go along with The Owner to Watch X-Files, and soon
became Weary and demanded to go to bed.
The Bird retired to The Cage, which was covered, and The Bird saw that this
Darkness was warm, and comfortable, and was Good in the eyes of The Bird
(which were getting heavy, and sleepy) and The Bird did drift off to sleep.
And in the end, there a Puffy, Sleeping Bird, with It's Head Tucked Under
It's Wing, and all was quiet until the next morning....when everything
started all over again...
J.L. Giannini (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"This parrot is DEAD!"
"No 'e's not...'e's pining for the fjords..."
(Ask me about the rec.pets.birds faq)