owl and pigeonKikiyan and Pura (A Short Story)
By Suntou Touray
As it happens, many people accuse the Owl (Kikiyan) of being a witch. These accusations puzzled and troubled the Owl so much so that it took matters in its own hand to clear its cherished and reputable good name.
The Owl is depicted as wise, night traveller, quiet, aloof and majestic. Are those the main reasons for the blatant character assassinations? It wonders.
In contrast people fear anything that comes alive at night. And witchcraft and those accused of it tend to involve the power to see things when all is asleep.
The lingering question that comes to ones mind is: does a human being have the ability to be anything else? Can they take strange forms and fly like a bird? Huh!!
The Owl trusts the Pigeon (Pura) as a friendly and approachable that’s always around whenever the need arises. Concerned Owl enquired from the good friend as to whether the accusations people make are valid or remotely become a pressing issue.
The Owl asked, “Mr Pigeon, people accused me of being a witch, and I know it is not true, but what do you think?”
The Pigeon looked around and retorted: “well, are you facing me or is your back towards me?”
The Owl said, “I am facing you”. The Pigeon then responded with what has become a mega surprise for the Owl. “Well, the people are correct that you are a witch,” the Pigeon said.
The Owl couldn’t understand and started complaining. “I am harmless, wise and wonder why people associate me with wickedness and make me bloodthirsty?”
Yet the Pigeon, like other accusers, base their suspicions on the strangeness of the Owl: the wide eye, creepy looks and its loner mannerism.
This is in line with the age-old belief that those accused of being witches are usually ugly looking grandmas who are very poor and lacking extended family support. The old grannies with perturbing eyes and slight facial hair have automatically admitted into the witch category.
Lesson: Avoid suspicions and fear base on accusations without proof or substance.
Ends

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