Peter Cheater, web-slinger of dishonesty
suffered from kindness poverty
He lied, stole, cajoled oodles, kits, caboodles
from humans, to butterflies to labradoodles
Penelope had the world on a string
Thunderstruck, Peter’s ‘petered out’ heart began singing
Penelope received more by giving
without expectation or misgivings
Shamed by ill-gotten gains
Peter harangued a self-blame campaign
Bemused by his new muse’s request
Peter returned hijacked bling from his nest
Of name-calling, he’s deserving
but was unprepared for the joy of serving
Peter discovered the treasure of giving.
His hollow brick heart brimmed with living!
When I saw the pleasantly puffed plumage and toes wrapped around wires up high. I smiled. I though it would be uncomfortable. The happy bird stayed there for hours enjoying the water views.
Watching dozens of Pelis rush for food flung from a fisherman, I thought of how some humans’ manipulate, struggle or vie for ‘a prize’. The reward of doing something for another, is a far greater yield. I’d rather co-operate than compete. What do you think about pelicans, co-operation and kindness?
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