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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Spring (the season) (07/23/09)

TITLE: The Return of the Stork
By Ken John
07/29/09


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Spring in Poland happens when the storks come back. All winter long their neat, round, symmetrical nests perch silently on top of country homes, telephone poles and in quiet, visible places along country roads. About a meter in diameter, the nests stand lonely sentinel in the winter deep-freeze.

In the thaw the dark winter afternoons begin to lighten and lengthen into airy warm evenings. When the snow is on the melt and the fields are waterlogged with the melted snow, the long, cold, dark nights morph into short warm nights that already lighten in the spring at an early hour, unheard of in winter.

It is in this period of exhausted chill that the morning mist may lift slightly to reveal a ghostly figure now seated in a once empty dwelling atop a chimney or on a lonely pillar out in the fields, broadcasting the news that the large, white, birds have returned on sun-strong wings. Spring's arrival is now announced where all winter long empty nests have been occupied only by the promise of better things to come.

Despite the months and intervening distance separating warm and clement weather from ice and snow, the birds know their place well. They have remembered and have not abandoned their northern homes. They have returned. To be sure, they did leave when the times and temperatures were inhospitable, but at all times they hold their family homes dear in their feather brains.

The wisdom that first takes them on long migratory flights down to the warmer skies in Africa in the Autumn, in due course brings them back. The storks then pick up their lives again in the fields they know, unafraid to be, welcome and at home.


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Laura Manley07/30/09
I liked this piece about the Stork. It was light-hearted and received well. I especially liked when you said "hold their family homes dear in their feather brains." It put a big smile on my face. Thanks for sharing.
stanley Bednarz 07/30/09
I love stories about the delicate balance of God in nature. Good sense start and finish.
Daniel Kane07/30/09
Storks - what a good way to show spring, and real too. I liked this a lot.
Karen Pourbabaee 07/31/09
Made me think of how I feel returning to my parents home...relaxed, welcome and not afraid to be me! Good story!
Laury Hubrich 08/03/09
This is very informative. The only time I've ever thought of storks was when they carry little bundles of joy to our homes:) Is that sad or what? LOL.