Art and the philosophy of life

The rescue…Part 1

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASuperhero, Flower, heard about the terrible abuse of hens and chicklets in a farm not too far from The Coop.  No one is allowed to leave The Coop without the knowledge of the hens and roosters.  Flower felt that their permission was unnecessary, however, so she rolled in the dirt until she was completely covered in dust.  She had already painted her wagon gray, and once she was was ready, she turned toward Rene.  Flower was humming with energy, Rene was trembling with terror.  She smiled at Rene, chirped a word of love and rubbed his beak with hers.  Rene made his choice.  He fell to the ground and began to roll around.  He rubbed his spoon with dirt and stood before Flower.  She chirped happily and, taking hold of of her wagon’s handle, made her way toward the front gate.

Getting out of The Coop wasn’t easy. The hens are always around and they see everything.   Eventually, with great stealth, Flower and Rene made their way to the neighboring farm.  They snuck into the barn, where the chickens were being held, and stopped dead in their tracks.  They were overcome with horror, neither one of them could move.   The hens were caged and smashed together, broken and hopeless. Their beaks cut off, their feathers filthy and missing. There was no noise, just the smell of misery and death.   Eggs were laying in troths, waiting to be stolen by humans.

Flower began to pant, rage, something she had never known, seemed to overtake her.  She moved quickly, Rene by her side.  They released the hens, gathered the eggs and ran for it.  Many of the hens were too sick to move.  They helped them the best they could and hid the them under plants and bushes, by the side of the road.  They took those who could walk, back to The Coop.

All of the lights were blazing and everyone was running around searching for the them.  The hens were sick with fear, but when they saw Flower and Rene pulling their wagon and helping the sick and wounded hens, they sprang into action and ran to help their new guests.  Rene spoke to the Roosters and told them where to find the sick and well hidden hens.  The Roosters left immediately, several hens went along, taking medical supplies with them.

Everyone was up all night.  The hens bathed the newcomers and dressed their wounds.  The eggs were taken to the nursery.  The rescued hens were wrapped in warm blankets and huddled together, afraid to be separated from their cage mates.  Several hens went to the kitchen and began baking cornbread and making oatmeal.  The tortured hens were fed and given anything and everything they needed.

Flower and Rene had been told to wait in the art room.  Flower stated painting FREE THE HENS and SAVE THE CHICKLETS on the wall in red paint.  Rene sat quietly, holding his spoon.

“Flower,” he chirpped softly.  “I love you.”

“I know silly,” she peeped.  “I love you as well.  I love you because you are brave.”

Rene looked down.  He knew he wasn’t brave but he thought that maybe he could be.  Not as brave as Flower, but brave in his own way.  He bit his spoon and started kicking his feet.  He knew that Flower meant what she said.  He thought for another few minutes then got up and walked toward Flower.

“Thank you,” he chirped.

“For what?” she asked, adding yellow to her graffiti.

“For everything,” chirped Rene, putting down his spoon.  “You really are a superhero Flower.”

Flower put down her paintbrush and rubbed beaks with Rene  “We’re all superheroes, Rene, it just takes some of us longer to realize it.”

Comments on: "The rescue…Part 1" (27)

  1. I do not think you realize just how wonderful you are. I love all the chicklet paintings and stories more than you can know…

    This one has me in tears. Seriously. Wonderful.

  2. I am crying too. This one tugs at the heart strings.

  3. yeseventhistoowillpass said:

    I wish Mrs Peck was around to hear the story… She would have fit in quite well in The Coop..

  4. Kudos to Flower. What a heroine!

  5. Jennifer said:

    You are so much better than you even know. This story deserves to be published. As I keep sayin’………… And I am in love with Rene. He is my kind of guy. Brave.

  6. It’s important to remember that we’re all superheroes. Too bad it takes some of us so long to realize it. Awesome story!

  7. Oh, it brings a tear to my eyes…

  8. Such a touching tale. Would that this treatment would stop.

    • Some people have no heart. They walk around and act as if they are alive but they have to be dead inside to cause so much suffering. Things will only stop when people make them stop and most people are not interested in stopping anything. That’s exactly why things are the way they are.

  9. Yes we are! If only more people realized their worth and need in our world…

  10. laurie27wsmith said:

    A lovely story Gigi, I see Rene is standing tall now. 🙂

    • He is no longer trying to hide or be invisible. He’s still afraid sometimes but it doesn’t matter, he does what he has to do and never looks back. Finding his inner superhero has made all the difference. Respect and love for Flower has made him stand tall. I must tell you that I had no idea any of this was going to happen. I really do just sit down and draw a picture then write something. I don’t plan anything, the characters are writing their own story.

      • laurie27wsmith said:

        I guess we all get afraid sometimes, it’s moving forward and doing it anyway that counts. It’s how it works with writing Gigi, the characters just take over and all you do is type it out for them. 🙂

      • Flower is writing the next page in the rescue and I’ve tried to talk her out of some things but she’s standing firm. I’ll write it the way she wants it. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon:) All we do is type it out. Absolute truth. 🙂 ❤

      • laurie27wsmith said:

        That’s all you’re there for, the typing. 😉

      • It’s kind of weird but yes, absolutely.:) I think you have to be willing to let the characters write their own stories.

      • laurie27wsmith said:

        That’s how I do it. 🙂

  11. I have decided that February’s post is going to be 2 days… 15th and 16th… the 16th is going to be all Chicklet power 🙂 I’ve scheduled The Rescue 1, 2, and 3…have lots more to get. I’ll be back 🙂

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