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Hummingbird at 30,000 ft.
By Odin Roark
Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Last edited: Thursday, March 07, 2013
This short story is rated "PG" by the Author.
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History never tells the whole story. Many have answers. Some have questions. Thus, an allegory of sorts follows.

Hummingbird at 30,000 Ft.

Flying at 30,000 feet

Hummingbirds don't peer in from the outside


Why so bitter

Says It, the hummingbird

I look at my mini bottle

Sniff it again look back

Hummingbird gone

Thank God

Says I

Hummingbird back

You're welcome

Says It

I crane my neck in panic

Push the attendant button

Yes sir


Pardon sir

Bird out the window

Attendant looks

I don't see anything but clouds, sir

I look back

She's right

Guess I need a nap

Says I

Care for a pillow

Says She

And so it went

Heathrow to New York

Until it didn't

My nap was short

I slowly took a peek


Hovering outside the window


Say I

The bird backs away

Then flies at me

Again with the levitating


Says I

You were damning yourself, remember?

Says It

I pull the shade


Close eyes


No peeking



Pecking at the window

Lift shade


Says I

You have my attention

Go on

Says It

Go on where?

About your doubts

Why are you so damn obnoxious?

Says I

No answer

Look, it's like this

Says I

I look around

Passenger expressions say

I should be locked up

I look at the hummingbird

By the way

Says I

How come I'm the only one that can see you?

You're the only one needing to keep it together

Says It

So, smart one, why me?

Says I

Trying to keep it together?

Says It


Says I

Maybe you sense something no one else does

I shrug


Says I

I'm just an average everyday guy flyin' to New York

Are you sure?

Says It

Over the intercom, the captain speaks

If you look out your window

You can see Lockerbie Scotland below

Quite a site

Very beautiful


I look

The hummingbird is gone

And that's it? asks the doctor

I open my eyes


Just a dream, says the doctor

I slept through my alarm that morning, doc

How come me?

Why me missing the flight?

Questions only fool us with answers, Charles

Says He

Like the hummingbird?

Like the hummingbird


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