The Olive Thrush


It was sometime after breakfast this morning when I suddenly remembered that today was my birthday.

Drying up and putting away the dishes, I thought of how the last time I heard my father’s voice was 14 years ago, when he called the only cellphone number he had for me and, getting no answer, left a birthday message.

7 months later, he was dead.

As these thoughts fled through my mind, I heard a rapping at the font door.

There, bashing itself against the glass pane was a young Olive Thrush. Too immature to know about glass, I guess.

The chick looked at me as it hurled its body against the door, fell to the ground and disappeared.

The Olive Thrush – quintessential Capricorn bird, in my mind.

Just as my Dad was.


6 responses to “The Olive Thrush

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s