Peacock Story 6 - Confrontation Witnessed Through The Kitchen Window
She stands her ground -
by Alison Cassidy
Gone is the insignificant pea-hen
with head bowed.
In her stead, a terrifying Brunhilde
fiercely flaunts her feathered shield.
Her armoured feet are placed in fourth position.
Her eyes stare intently at the ground.
She backs up,
by step -
as in a trance.
Suddenly she turns on the intruder,
feathers fanning furiously,
beak making a sharp clicking sound.
The little red wattle-bird
flits in and a out of the azaleas
enjoying his game of hide and seek.
Every now and then,
of Brunhilde's feast.
The heroic shield-maiden
attacks again and again -
eyes focused hypnotically,
neck plumped to twice its size.
All at once, the drama is interrupted
by a black and white magpie
who swoops down beside her,
stands on one leg,
and chortles appreciatively -
like a Greek chorus.