Monday, March 07, 2011

The Mimic

"Why does this mimic mock me so?" said the tiny goldfinch to no one in particular. Posted by Picasa

"The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply that they have perfect faith, for faith is necessary to have wings." ~ James M. Barrie
"Why does this mimic mock me so?" said the tiny goldfinch to no one in particular. No one in particular replied, "He does not mock, he envies your wings; for see... he has none. This other bird, this twin, has your shape but no substance. He is simply black all over, no feather, no wings, no piercing eyes or bright colored down to attract others. He is flat, a cut out shape, a silhouette with no heart; stuck here, attached, grounded, bolted to this pole. This "bird" is no bird, just a decoration, but not even that... an emblem, a pale and weak copy of the real thing... of you, little goldfinch. You are the real art, the real decorative piece on this feeder... you have wings and feathers and a voice to sing. You don't have to compete with this fake fellow... just be yourself... sing, fluff up your tail,"

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Mellow Yellow Monday


Lesley said...

good story. and you got such great detail on the goldfinch (which, of course just mocks the mimic even more!)

Ginny Hartzler said...

Well, yes! Which is the decoration and which is not? Very nicely written. What a catch you made with this picture!

Sandra said...

that is the sweetest little yellow bird ever. i feel i can reach in the photo and stroke his little feathers he looks so real. the art pales in comparison for sure.

Kenju said...

He's a real beauty and I love that you captured him along with the fake! (You are mentioned in my latest post.)

Bob Scotney said...

Beautiful bird. I wonder how long you would have to wait to catch another in the same position to create the double.

Col said...

Oh my goodness... this is lovely. Both the post and the capture. :-)

Max said...

Great picture! Funny and cute.