Odd Birds

“Sheesh, you guys ain’t easy to impress!”

“I just flew in from Boise and boy are my wings tired. Woooow! What a view, huh? My name’s Jerry by the way. Where’re you in from? You don’t talk much do ya? Come on folks, this is a monumental occasion! The Statue of Liberty…the symbol of freedom…Ahem.”

With one wing raised and the other over his heart, Jerry began reciting.

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

The others remained silent.

“Sheesh, you guys ain’t easy to impress!”

The local crows looked at each other and back at Jerry, their disinterest obvious.

“Tourists!” One said and kicked a pebble at the bewildered pigeon. “Yeah, tourists!” The rest followed suit.

“Let’s get out of here boys,” Skipper said and dove off Lady Liberty’s crown. The others fell in behind him.

“What?! Was it something I said?”

Jerry was never very good with social cues.

– Written for Miniature Writing Challenge #50. Prompt was “monumental moment.” WC 172. Photo from Wikipedia.

C’est La Vie

The city is awake now, and the tourists will be filing in soon.

Sitting on the café patio, I appreciated the colorful umbrellas keeping me dry on this rainy morning. I lifted some fruit at the market to take home for mother when she wakes. She is ill but strong.

The city is awake now, and the tourists will be filing in soon. An unsuspecting crowd is an easy target and a rainy day is a blessing. Their wallets ride loosely in the pockets of raincoats, tossed in carelessly as an afterthought guided by their grumbling stomachs.

I casually join the crowd bumping into some, quickly slipping my hand into pockets and gathering my bounty. I apologize and mean it sincerely.

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– Written for Microcosms 19 weekly contest. Related to National Tourism Day with prompts pickpocket/Paris/drama. WC 108. Photo from Pixabay.com. C’est La Vie was named runner-up in this contest.