The Cowbird, The Hummingbird and The Eagle
Deep within the forest green
where various creatures dwell
three warm-blooded, egg-laying vertebrae
had a tale to tell.
This trio consisted of passerines
with a special vocal apparatus
a cowbird, hummingbird and eagle
each with their own unique status.
Possibly hatched around the same time
they were truly a sight to see
classified as "birds" with wings and beaks
they were as different as could be.
FIRST was the lazy cowbird
who could care less about achievement or fame,
because she ate ticks off the backs of cows,
this is how she obtained her name.
This six-inch long shiftless parasite
had only one thing on her mind
to lay her eggs in any other
nest that she could find.
Innocent birds would hatch those eggs,
amazed when they would see
this stranger among her babies
and as selfish as could be.
Taking food from siblings,
even knocking them out of their nest!
The baby cowbird ruled the roost
and became an unwelcome guest.
SECOND was the tiny hummingbird,
two inches long, the size of a thumb,
wing-beat seventy-five times a second,
so powerful, they would hum.
Metallic green, an irridescent jewel was she,
remained busy for several hours,
long, thin bill with projected tongue,
sucking nectar from red flowers.
During the breeding season,
this wee bird was ready to fight,
she fearlessly attacked invaders
that came near her nesting site.
THIRD was the courageous eagle,
about forty inches long,
with a wing span of six to eight feet
and claws that were very strong.
In flight, his tail spread like a fan
as he gazed with binocular eyes,
soaring with flattened wings
against unlimited skies.
One day they ran into each other,
with conversation among the three,
"Tell me, cowbird," queried the eagle,
"what do you want to be?"
Yawning, she replied,
"I only want a free ride,
if I had my druthers,
live at the expense of others,
I'm content to eat flies
and let others raise my breed
I have no desire
to assist those in need."
"How about you, hummingbird?"
simply said she.
Gazing at the two below
majestic against the sky,
confident, strong, with piercing eyes,
he replied as he bid "good-bye,"
"Those who have a purpose
are the ones who will excel,
you, alone, can make your life
a heaven or a hell."
The eagle went on to remain a great bird,
to this day, unaware of his name,
displayed as an emblem of the United States,
a symbol of power and fame.
The smallest bird in the world,
an emerald in flight,
unique with her talents,
a significant delight,
achieving her purpose,
she decorates gardens
far and wide.
While the cowbird continues to loiter
never bothering to work or to play
a nuisance to all whose path she crosses
wasting her life away.
So, which one of these birds
would you like to be?
which one are you,
out of the three?
Small can be great
or great can be small
size doesn't really
matter at all.
Content where you are
but continuing to strive
is the secret of
enjoying being alive.
You can soar like an eagle
and lay a foundation
who knows, what you achieve
could affect a whole nation?
Or be little, but great
like the hummingbird,
adding joy to one's life
by a smile or a word.
But don't be like the cowbird
who only eats flies!
One never knows what can be done
unless that person tries.
Blessings, Sparklea :)