Apologies are for the birds


Climbing…deep breaths, sweat beads, heart beating in my head…curving up a switchback…rawrrrrr!…what the heck is that?…what?…two guys- standing on the side of the mountain in a man-made meadow…with chainsaws? Excuse me, but I’m on this trail and I came out here for peace and quiet! The bird above me is scolding them, although she sounds like she has accentuated it with “how are you?” in Gaeilge. So, I begin responding in Irish (Gaeilge). I swear the bird seems to understand me. She shoots back something similar. We are having a grand conversation, complaining about the dratted noise. I sit down under an Eastern Hemlock. The buzzing saw invades our quiet and she flits to another tree. Suddenly, quiet. A chipmunk squeeks past, a bumblebee buzzes toward the trail, and I munch on a Pampa Bar. My bird friend flits to a higher height, just as the chainsaws commence their grinding music. I have had enough. After hiking for more decades than I care to share, I have had it. I’m sick and tired of people ruining a wonderful place. I yell at the chainsaws, forgetting I haven’t switched back to English. The chainsaws stop, my bird friend responds, and I have a long respite from the sound of evil. So- I stand, grab my pack, and head down trail once again, knowing that it is silly for me to expect a developer to keep from ripping apart the side of a beautiful mountain. But in my pocket I have a camera, and I am taking those peaceful memories home.

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About thelostkerryman

Thelostkerryman is an author, entrepreneur, and disciple- this side of Tir Na N'Og- living in the forests of a consistently confused country. Here in this hill country, hurling doesn't usually involve a hurley, store-made soda bread resembles an inedible Irish megalith, and Kerrygold is only found hidden like a luck penny in the belly of Kroger. This blog is an account of his adventures, thoughts, eclectic -and eccentric- ramblings, random or insightful poetry, humor and non-humor, pictures (photos), video, essays, fiction, poetic fiction, nonfiction, drama, and writing he has not classified in the description above. All of my posts, thelostkerryman.wordpress.com, everydayasadisciple.wordpress.com, and mrandmrsboring.wordpress.com are copywrited according to international copywrite law.
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