Nature’s Little Gifts

Nature’s Little Gifts

There are times in life when the creaking of the night insects, the chirping of the birds, the buzzing of the toilet flies, the cheeky wheezing of mosquitoes and the pristine way of a budding plant needling its way into prominence, do not mean anything other than another day gliding by.

At such times, humans- those walking, breathing, thinking beings are pensive, disturbed and engaged in thoughts they consider more important. Their lives are fast-paced, the congested milieu dictating their movements.

Quick, minced movements.

Especially in a place like Lagos.

Reality convinces them with callous whispers and they are lost in the blinding maze, caught in the maelstrom.

For this reason, they do not -cannot- notice the cock that lives just behind their high-rise building with peeping windows and threadbare curtains.

The very same cock that dutifully cranes its bony neck, reminiscent of years of improper feeding, and crows with all its might, every morning and noon.

The cock that is so faithful to its job.

It is only the children that notice it sometimes; at times some of the children run in fear, others chase the unwary cock to distances afar, while the rest are merely delighted by the weird way of the feathered being.

Yet the harried adults do not appreciate it for what it is. Reality steals it away from them- or what they call reality.

The unattractive, tumbledown houses with soot and algae slowly eating up their perishing walls, the meagre market sales, and the menial jobs too. That is their reality.

They fail to see the cock, that winged creature that is part of their existence; that starts their morning with its not-too-sonorous voice and blends into the entire day, fulfilled.

The cock that wades humbly in the stagnant liquid waste of dwellers.

They forget it is the same cock they will tear at with their molars in a few weeks when there is nothing to eat.

At such times, it is easy to forget nature’s gift. Which is our true reality.



18 thoughts on “Nature’s Little Gifts” by adebayo caleb (@lordkel)

  1. Thanks for the reminder…but this piece did not do justice to the title….

    1. Oh okay.
      Thanks for reading @topazo

  2. mmm, nice one about fowls. Sometimes when i walk, i dont even notice them anymore; only children do. Yeah, they’re nature’s little gifts.

    Well there’s something i noticed. Honestly, the main thing that actually caught my attention to view this piece. I’m trying to learn all the sounds so that whenever i hear a sound, i just know what’s called.

    You said night insects creak. I dont think they creak. They chirr or chirp.
    Yeah, birds chirp or tweet and yeah, flies buzz but no, i dont think mosquitoes wheeze. i think they hum, buzz or whine.

    Sorry about all that pedantry, i just have penchant for sounds.

    1. Thanks a lot for pointing that out. Guess ur better at the sounds thing than I am. Someone actually pointed that out to me the first time I wrote it. Thanks again.
      Means I’ve got some homework to do.
      Thanks for enjoyin @Emmanuelpro

  3. @lordkel
    mmm, nice one about fowls. Sometimes when i walk, i dont even notice them anymore; only children do. Yeah, they’re nature’s little gifts.

    Well there’s something i noticed. Honestly, the main thing that actually caught my attention to view this piece. I’m trying to learn all the sounds so that whenever i hear a sound, i just know what’s called.

    You said night insects creak. I dont think they creak. They chirr or chirp.
    Yeah, birds chirp or tweet and yeah, flies buzz but no, i dont think mosquitoes wheeze. i think they hum, buzz or whine.

    Sorry about all that pedantry, i just have penchant for sounds.

  4. Sorry, i think site is having technical problems. They are cutting of my comments.

  5. My baby chases after chicken every time he sees one.

    1. Hehehe…@Nalongo
      Thanks for reading

  6. I concur in toto! The title is fitting too…nature’s little gifts are always there, but how many people notices it, is another question.
    Well done.

    1. Yeah, few people do, really.
      Thanks man @Chime221

  7. Personally, I think the cock is just a symbol for all the little things we forget in our haste to meet life daily.
    I enjoyed reading this piece, and that had to do with your seemingly poetic handling of the lines and the clipped, sure way in which you delivered them.
    Well done, Caleb. $ß.

    1. Thanks Sibbyl. You make the work seem deepere than it is.
      Thanks again @sibbylwhyte

  8. Jo (@josephoguche)

    So true … nice write up.

  9. I’m one of the few that notice nature’s little gifts. It’s poetic. Well done.

  10. Well done word layer, this is good, though I agree with @topazo, you didn’t do justice though you did enough.

    1. Thanks @clemency will try to do justice next time. Guess i should take classes on titling

  11. Nice work caleb…. But i would have prefered the title to be Nature’s Little gifts: The Cock. or wat do u fink?

    1. Thanks @Fadehan….about the other thing, hmmmm

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