Milky eyes look deep
Broken wings teach souls to fly
Beauty transcends its chalice
Wisdom sees beyond its form
The photo for this week’s prompt was taken in a London park a few years ago. I was wandering, watching the birds and flowers, while I waited for my son and spotted this magpie in the shadows.
I thought he was injured at first, especially when he calmly let me approach, but after watching him for a while it became evident that if the old bird had suffered an injury, it was so long ago that he had adapted to living with its scars.
Perhaps the wise old magpie realised that an urban park provided a safer haven and a source of food for one who could not forage as Nature had intended. There are many who feed the birds and many more who discard leftover food. He certainly managed to get around easily enough. He was in no obvious discomfort and his plumage was glossy and looked healthy. A devastating injury had changed his life, but not ended his capacity for living.
As I watched, I had the odd impression that he was a teacher, and took his obvious ease as a good omen… I was waiting for my son to have the trike he was just buying back then adapted to his needs. And a good omen he turned out to be, as just weeks later, Nick competed in the first Para-triathlon, raising, with the help of the blogging community, thousands of pounds for charity.
Thank you so much to everyone who took part this week and to everyone who reblogged the prompt, round up and the individual responses! A new prompt will be published later today. As always, I will reblog as many contributions as space and time allows as they come in… and all of them will be featured in the round-up next Thursday.
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