Friday, September 16, 2011

Admonition of an Owl. An Allegory by Marither

Once there was a big male python living in a big trunk of a tree.  He waits for his prey to get into the trunk to feed him for a day, then hibernates.
An old owl noticed what the python was doing, and warned every animal that will try to get in the python’s den.

A skeptic skunk was near the tree, when the owl saw and warned the skunk,
“be careful skunk, a python is in the trunk.”
“I don’t believe unless I see, for sure there are lots of food stored for me”,
the skeptic skunk was curious and went to see,
but as days passed by, the skunk didn’t come out of the tree.
A curious rat was near the tree, when the owl saw and warned the rat,
“be careful rat, a python is in the trunk.”
“I’m curious to find out, if something happened to me, then I’ll shout”,
the rat was curious and went to see, but as days gone by, it never came out of the tree.
An audacious cat was near the tree, when the owl saw and warned the cat,
“be careful cat, a python is in the trunk.”
“I’m not scared of anything.” so the cat was brave enough to see, but as days gone by, it never came out of the tree.
A naive rabbit was near the tree, when the owl saw and warned the rabbit,
“be careful rabbit, a python is in the trunk.”
“Thank you owl, I rather go back home than take the risk”, the rabbit went back home and warned the rest of the rabbits.

The Cub and the Eaglet, an Allegory by Marither

In the animal kingdom, there were 2 powerful groups of animals, the pride or the group of lions and the congregation of eagles.
Since the lions were the most powerful for a long period of time, the eagles planned to take the eyes of the lions’ cubs so once the future of the lions will be blinded, the eagles will reign & rule the animal kingdom.
The eagles started to attack the cubs by taking their eyes.  The lions were bursting in anger, so they hid their cubs in the cave and planned how to destroy all the eagles in the forest.
One sunny day, a blind male cub was bored and went out of the cave to play.  Then he met a male eaglet and asked him: “Why are you alone in the forest?” The cub answered:  “I’m bored in the cave, I want to be free and to play with other animals in the forest.  But our parents told us that it’s not safe outside the cave because of the wild predators.”  “I’m bored too, I’m tired of being on the nest because of the wild predators that our parents have told us. Since you can’t see, let me be your eyes to guide you.”  From then on, the eaglet became the cub’s playmate in the forest.
When the eaglet was guiding the cub on his way home, the lions captured the eaglet.  The cub was trying to stop them.  The lions roared out of anger as they almost killed the eaglet.  The lions decided that eating the eaglet will not solve the problem.  So the lions brought the poor eaglet to the congregation of eagles and told them: “The same will happen to all your eaglets if you’ll continue to take away the eyes of our cubs.”  The eagles realized what they’ve done and agreed that they will never harm their cubs again.
After several years, the 2 playmates meet again.  The eaglet turned into a paralyzed eagle, while the blind cub turned into a blind coward lion.  The eagle was crying as he asked his friend, “Why do we have to be the victims of our parents’ fault?  Why do we have to suffer from their mistakes?”  The lion replied, “I’m sorry for what happened to you.   I hope that you could forgive my pride for what they’ve done to you. I’m still your friend and I can be your feet, while you’ll be my eyes.”
From then on, the eagle served as the eyes of the lion, while the lion served as the feet of the eagle and both lived symbiotically.

A Tale of Two Cats by Marither

In the city of vanity, a timid black cat was happy to meet a mischievous white cat, for he has found a friend.
The black cat was scared to be alone so he followed the white cat.   When the white cat noticed that the black cat was following him, he sighed and said: “Come along black cat, as I find a place to stay for the winter”.  The black cat was thankful and said with a smile: “What a felicitous life!”
Winter came and the two homeless cats were shivering in an alley, an old woman was astounded of the white cat and said:  “Oh, pity white cat, come and be my pet”.  So the old lady carried the white cat on her way home.
When she noticed that the black cat was following them, she shooed the black cat away and said:  “Stop following us, you wicked black cat!”  But the black cat still followed them until they have reached home.
The old lady fed the white cat, and then brushed his fur.  The black cat was shivering as he watched the white cat at the window dreaming of being pampered.  But when the old lady saw the black cat, she hurriedly pushed the window.  The black cat fell that broke his right leg.  The old lady shouted: “Get lost you black omen and don’t you ever get near our house!” So the black cat ran away to the market.
One day, when the white cat was conceitedly walking while the old lady was buying fruits in the market, the white cat saw the black cat and told him: “How sad for you to be homeless with a broken leg.  Why don’t you follow us secretly, just hide as I give you food in the garden so you don’t have to roam around in this stinky place.”  The black cat was relieved and followed them back home.
One sunny morning, the white cat threw the yarn ball to his friend in the garden and told him to play around with it so he won’t get bored.  The white cat also gave him all the food that he could get from the kitchen.  The black cat was thankful.
For several days, the old lady was curious to know where the food and her yarns for stitching are. So she started to look for her yarns and screaked to see the black cat playing with a yarn ball.  The old lady got her broom and went out hurriedly.  When the black cat saw the old lady getting near him, he was scared as he ran fast with his sore leg.
The following day, in the market, the white cat saw the black cat wounded and starving.  The white cat  invited him again to be back in the garden.  The black cat was depressed and declined, he told him: “My life has been cursed.  People called me with evil names that you can’t even imagine. I was judged by my features, degraded and even wanted to be executed.”
The old lady was bursting with anger when she saw her white cat with the black cat.  She screamed: “Get that evil black cat!  It stole a lot from me!”   Then she called her white cat in a soft voice: “Come to mama my angel”.  The white cat didn’t think twice of going back to the old lady.  He told the black cat:  “I’m sorry my friend, but I have to go back home.  I know you can survive in this place.”  The black cat was disappointed, thinking that he has a found a friend who would be there when he needed it most.
The old lady told her white cat: “You shouldn’t go near that black cat, it is a witch!”  The black cat can’t do anything.  He was afflicted.  Yet, he was thankful that the old lady just left instead of hurting him.
The next day, the white cat was haunted by his conscience and went back to the market to look for his friend.  He was happy to see his friend near the trash.  As he gets near, his heart was palpitating, he felt the cold wind and found out that he has lost his friend.