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The Dancing Peacock

December 24, 2023 | By

When nature and humans dance together — it is a moment of unalloyed joy.

Enjoy Episode 12 of your favourite morning read with your morning coffee! ☕ Santosh Bakaya’s ever popular MM Season 3 makes your Sunday mornings extra special! ☀️📆 🎉

peacock and children short storyIt is 5. 30 AM, and on the utmost bough of the neem tree fronting our house, I see big protruding eyes in a small, bloated body. The eyes are looking keenly at me. They continue looking at me. Maybe the owl is the shy sort, for it cannot retain eye contact for a beat longer and flutters away, only to perch on the next tree. Then, from the new tree, it becomes a bit talkative.

“Hoot! hoot” !says the owl.  First slowly, then with greater vigour.

It is trying to catch my attention.

The dawn is dilly-dallying, so the owl thinks it is still night.

Suddenly, its ears prick up; it hears a few chirps and flutter of wings. A couple of sparrows are in intimate conversation on the tree. What are they twittering about?

Hoot hoot chirp, chirp — the surroundings resound. Not to be left behind, a phlegmatic pigeon also adds its lackluster yodels to the medley.

I see a young man heading towards the gym, humming a song, tightly gripping the shoulder straps of his backpack. Unbeknownst to him, a sparrow hops onto his backpack and breaks into song.

Soon, the dawn stops dithering, and there is light. The free rider is having a grand time, singing away. Soon its companion also joins it. Who says three is a crowd?

Morning Meanderings Season 3 by Santosh Bakaya

Morning Meanderings is a weekly musings column by Santosh Bakaya

I find nothing wrong in breaking into a song, myself, adding my notes to the sparrow’s song.

‘The dawn opens its eyes a crack 

To see two sparrows on a back pack.

It finds them cute 

As they chirp and toot. 

How it lauds their  musical knack!’

Cows and calves are heading towards the fields to graze. On one of the trees sits a peacock looking at the world with a majestic nonchalance. Squawk Squawk, it says, taking a swooping flight down on the wall around a vacant plot of land.

I look around and am mesmerized by the luxuriant money plant in the neighbour’s balcony. It seems to have grown overnight. My eyes refuse to leave the verdant creeper, but then something catches my attention.

The peacock has flown down onto the vacant plot, and is dancing.

What a grand spectacle I am witness to! But then, I realise I am not the only one watching this spectacular display. From some hidden cranny, a peahen has materialised, and is furtively looking at the peacock.

I don’t want to intrude on these private moments, so I discreetly vanish from the scene, leaving them to their devices.  I walk further, and turn back to find that the peacock is still dancing, and the peahen is gazing awe- struck.

This does not complete the scene. I watch amused, as two kids rush out from the fields behind, and join the peacock in its dance. They are probably from the village nearby. What unalloyed joy!

How I wish I were a painter and could paint that bewitching scene — a peacock dancing with two kids!

 

 

Did You Miss the Delectable Morning Meanderings Season 2? Click to Read! 

Don’t Forget to Revisit Morning Meanderings Season 1!!

Dr Santosh Bakaya is the author of three mystery novels for young adults, and a book of essays titled Flights From My Terrace, which was recently published as an e-book on Smashwords. Her poetic biography of Mahatma Gandhi, Ballad Of Bapu has been published by Vitasta Publishers, Delhi, India in May 2015 and has been receiving rave reviews from everywhere. Although a Political theorist, with a doctorate in political theory, it is literature which has been her first love. She was awarded the Reuel international award for language and literature 2014 for her long poem Oh Hark!, which forms part of the Significant Anthology. Many of her poems have figured in the highly commended category in Destiny Poets, a UK based website and many are part of international anthologies. Right now, she is giving the final touches to her satirical novel, tentatively titled Sanakpur Shenanigans.
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