All-You-Can-Eat Buffet!

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All -You -Can- Eat Buffet

…and the rain keeps coming down…

I only keep birds in flocks, free in the trees
I feed them dutifully at my window sill
and say hello to each one, stuffing his beak
as I spoil them day in and day out
without mercy..
and they all feel like mine, and I feel like theirs,
because they come every day and they trust me.

I am the one who is behind bars.
while they enjoy their liberty.
I am safe as they say, out of harm’s way
and they have their other life out beyond my window sill
that I can only imagine..

They peck and quarrel and the big birds rule
while the small ones grow wily and smarter
as they get out from under foot.
Their colors mix from dull grey to crimson plumes
and then one lands, dressed in to -die-for- blue.

…and the rain keeps coming down…

Lunch goes on for hours, as they are quite content
to dine under roof at my papaya- banana buffet
even when they are full, they hang around to chat
and quarrel and bicker, because they love to do that.

They are birds, free to be themselves,
and I am privileged to just be their slave
to attend their every need;
I am their magic genie, providing comfort and love
and all the food they can possibly eat.

Karima Hoisan
Nov. 4, 2020
(48 hours of rain)
Costa Rica

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20 Responses to All-You-Can-Eat Buffet!

  1. Diana says:

    So profound and written fabulously!! ❤️💐

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  2. daleinnis says:

    The privilege of serving!

    Love the overall atmosphere of this, also. Such description!

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  3. I love that two lines:
    “even when they are full, they hang around to chat
    and quarrel and bicker, because they love to do that.”

    Thats what birds doing here also:)

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  4. Jeff Flesch says:

    Beautiful, Karima. Lovely, lovely. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Hoyt says:

    Magic genie, you make the feeding and watching of these birds a metaphysical experience. It makes me want to be there. As the rain comes down! Have you given them names?

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  6. Thank you Hoyt! Not exactly names but yes I have named the different breeds like “Gold Helmet”
    “Kings” nothing scientific:):) As I said, such a privilege to serve Nature! I am a very lucky girl:)


  7. Samreen Asad says:

    Wow, lovely Karima ❤️ Loved how you have presented the whole thing dear habeebity 🤗🕊️🌷

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  8. Oh yes, they truly are..and it is really a privilege to be able to feed them and watch them flourish close up:) Thank you for all your wonderful comments Samreen!


  9. kurk says:

    birds of the forest know they are the special guests…
    it is perhaps their plumage or their posture…
    or perhaps their strutting awareness of the host or the offering or one another…
    a rich image painted in words and sound heard in the imagination…
    well done, karima… 🙂

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  10. Why thank you kurk..for commenting and welcome, officially, to my blog. Oh yes, my spoiled birds..know they are so spoiled:)


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