Marilyn

via Daily Prompt: Stifle

I heard her before I saw her.  I had no idea what the sound was until later.  She was grooming her quills with big sweeping strokes in the dead of night.

Early morning I stepped outside my hut to a soft sunrise in harsh Kimberley country.  She was magnificent!  Instinctively, she stopped.  An icon in iconic country.  I took her picture.

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I learn her name over a campfire breakfast.  I had to stifle my grin.  Marilyn!

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Some may regard it as an incongruous name for this big flightless bird. But, she is a star. She’s equally beautiful, standing tall on big feet or resting among rocks.

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The most graceful thing about her is her walk.  Slow, rhythmic with a deliberate sway that comes from being bottom heavy.

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Transported to that moment, the sound of her strides my lullaby.

Until next time,

As always,

a dawn bird

 

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