Tuesday 19 April 2011
The Nightingales and the Sparrowhawk
The other night, as a full moon sat shining like a polished silver dollar high in the night sky and rolling slowly westwards, I sat out on my balcony and listened to the songs of nightingales coming from the dark woods nearby.
And in the midst of all that sacred beauty, beneath a night sky shining as though made from shimmering pale blue silk sprinkled with a myriad glimmering stars, I sat all alone in the darkness listening to these little angels sing.
No one else was interested in my community.
Probably not one person where I live would even be capable to identify a nightingale by its song.
How many even know of nightingales ?
Their minds are full of mcdonalds adverts, pop songs and the plastic thoughts, trinkets and toys of an over populated species on a dying planet.
To them such simple beauty is as distant as another world.
Not one of them would know that only for a few weeks a year do the nightingales sing as they return to Britain after a 3000 mile journey from their winter quarters in West Africa.
Not many people would take the time to even seek to hear a nightingale sing.
Our world is a pitiful place, a sickness perched upon an abyss.
This is why we should seek something beautiful every day - be it a flower, a song, a poem, a smile or a cloud - something beautiful that inspires and nourishes the soul.
That way we begin the process of returning beauty, for sooner or later the seeker and the sought always become The One and the same.
Amidst such souless wastelands, do we the last of the people of Albion live in silent exile, forever seeking out and ekeing out such rare moments of beauty as do miners in dark caverns seek to dig out diamonds with their bare hands.
Beauty comes in many forms.
This morning I watched a sparrow hawk eviscerate a dead wood pigeon that it had pursued in flight into a collision with a third floor window of one of the nearby flats.
Once the pigeon had dashed itself upon against the glass, and hence had mortally wounded itself, it had fallen to the ground beneath.
The sparrowhawk had then flown down and swiftly mantled the dead pigeon. Then with its hooked beak, vicious as a bill hook, began tearing away the feathers from its carcass and devouring the warm red meat beneath.
As it eviscerated the dead pigeon it watched me from a distance of around ten feet, its bright black eyes adrift in pools of yellow were defiant and unafraid, and gripped even tighter its prey with its fierce talons - determined not to let it go.
When our people do the same for our country and countryside, grip them hard with our fierce talons and also refuse to let them go, then we know the age of beauty will have once again returned.