Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Messenger




On the balcony of the hotel room we booked perched a bird with a splash of emerald-green on its neck. It was a pigeon and it roosted just outside the glass window next to my mom's bed. The bird appeared shortly after we arrived, and it didn't stir no matter how close we approached its spot. Mother spoke to the pigeon like the avian was her long-time companion. It was like a union of souls coming from a long journey to witness a life-changing event. Utol too, saw the pigeon but she was more terrified of being pecked as she tried to have their photos taken than wonder the bird's place in the divine order of things. I too was concerned about the bird. I tossed some bread crumbs, worried that the little fellow might starve before sunrise. At the back of my head however, I felt something odd about the pigeon. On my dad's grave a few days before, I spoke of reincarnation, and my wish for heaven to leave its window ajar for my dad to see the wedding. It was a lukewarm desire, thought by some higher state of awareness residing in me. For whatever its worth, the pigeon's presence was a good omen. We slept that night assured that dad was among us.

The bird might be roosting before its long journey. It was the most reasonable explanation. It could also be a cosmic messenger: a response after a careless reverie caught the universe's attention. We woke up to a sun-bathed Taal Lake. The air was fresh, and the wind from the nearby peaks blew of good tidings. Looking at the balcony, the bread crumbs were no more. All that is left were the bird droppings all over the balcony floor.

Like a family member saying hello at the eve of the wedding, the pigeon flew away just before daybreak.

7 comments:

anteros' dominion said...

happy father's day po

Cio said...

alam mo naniniwala ako sa thoughts mo. malamang nga na good omen yan. malamang na message yan. nakatulong din yung kinausap ng ermat mo. alam mo pareho tayong ugali, may pagkareflective din ako. minsan weird pero mas masarap yung ganyan ang nakikita mo, may laman, kesa naman hindi ka nakakaramdam ng reflection towards a good occasion coming.

dahil dyan sa post na yan, may isa kang suntok sa dibdib. haha. seriously, astig ang post na ito. ingat!


Cio of H.C

Cio said...

nag back read ako, sana enjoy/na-enjoy nyo ang occasion dre.

more of last 3 posts mo mugen =P

~Carrie~ said...

The pigeon, the warm, sunshiny day - these are good tidings indeed.

SOLTERO said...

or worse...the pigeon could have pooped on your sister's veil or dress! ahaha :P

congrats again and hope u didn't trip walking your sister towards the altar hehe :P

(pictures! pictures!)

Nimmy said...

gusto lang umeksena ng bird. gusto magmoment. echos.

congrats to your sis.

take care always mister.

Désolé Boy said...

peace was the message...