Fandango is our host and this is his photoprompt this week.
The image below is from Pexels.com.
For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a woman standing on a stone dock by a lake tossing morsels of food into the air. She’s surrounded on the dock, in the air, and on the water, by various birds and waterfowl going after the food.
She was known as the Bird Lady, and every day would come to the lake with her bags of bread to feed the birds.
Word soon got around and it wasn’t just water fowl, but anything with feathers knew there would be something for them, especially in the hardest of times.It was an unspoken rule that the smallest ate first, so even if a few were late arriving, the bigger species would step back and give them priority. It tickled the Bird Lady and her laughter would echo across the water, attracting even more of her feathered friends to the feast.
One day she didn’t come, though the birds did in their hundreds, sitting and waiting patiently every day until someone new arrived with a small urn and tipped the contents into the water.
The birds stood silently and watched, none moving, understanding that their human friend would no longer be there for them.
A figure was erected where She had stood, her arms permanently raised and open, inviting her skyborn babes to her bosom. Now the Bird Lady stood tall and proud amongst her feathered children forever, and it was visitors to the park that scattered crumbs and seed at her feet.