Baby Sunbird Soars High, Tastes Nectar

Who analyses life experiences?

An unexpected delivery of a baby Sunbird

by a young, innocent child, at our doorstep

kept us busy in childcare for two days

constant checking, feeding honey, taking photos.

On the third day took it out in the garden

kept the cardboard box near the bird feeders

waited for some bird to notice the baby

trying to attract their attention with its chirping.

Hey! the mother is here!!

Both are excited and we are thrilled

Relaxed and felt relieved thinking

now it is the mother's responsibility

The baby tried to follow the mother

made little attempts at flying

Mother collected honey from flower

fed the baby lovingly, but flew off

Maybe it was one way to teach flying

We sat there watching the tiny baby efforts

to follow the mother who repeatedly

came with morsels of food and disappeared.

Feeling confident that the baby is in mother's care

came inside the house for a few minutes

Finished a few chores and returned to the garden

to check on the baby Sunbird's progress.

Oh no! Baby is covered with huge red ants!!

As shocked as the baby bird, yelled out for help

sprinkled turmeric and cinnamon powder

tried to remove the ants with fingers and tweezers.

Brought back the bird inside the house

fed honey, tried to comfort, kept watching it

remembering our own ordeal with the carpenter ants

every time we go to the garden to feed birds.

The final stages were emotionally draining

for the bird as well as us, mourning started

before the final gasping of breath stopped

tears of pain continue to this day!

What a terrible death for such a tiny baby!

Why did it have to be delivered to us?

What could we have done to protect it?

Why did the mother not save her baby?

Why did some super power who is benevolent

not save the baby and us from this experience?

One day we might merge with the super power

but do we want to be as cruel as this?

The watcher, the thinker and the all time player

are at work, day and night, analysing this.

The domination of one over the other

changes the conclusion moment by moment.

The player is shedding tears of blood

its pleasure of taking care of the bird

recording videos and photos to share with others

snatched in a jiffy by a super power! How could he!!

The thinker compares data related to Karma

maybe this bird ate the ants in an earlier birth

and is now paying its dues, surrendering its body

Well, no one can escape the fixed time of death.

The watcher observes the pain and the pleasure

as well as the confusions of the human mind.

It carefully notes the what, why and how of things

from all stakeholders' point of view, objectively.

The baby's suffering has shaken us to the core.

Waking up from the deep slumber of mere existence

we have been forced to evaluate our experiences

with the limited vision at our disposal.

Just as a person shedding Corona infected clothes

to put on a new dress that is made to last longer

sanitized to prevent future contamination

the baby bird must be better off with a better body.

When doctors appear cruel and have to face attacks

from patients, unable to see their own benefit in the

treatment how can the super power escape the wrath

of this infected world of careless creatures?

The analysis is still on, conclusions not final yet

wisdom may shed more light as we mature.

But undoubtedly analysing self, questioning beliefs

and seeking true answers is the need of the hour.