Monday, August 24, 2009
The Salamander and the Falcon
The lowly salamander casts a suspicious and envious eye at the graceful falcon, gliding on the warm updrafts rising from the stone ovens she calls home.
The falcon isn't aware that the salamander is hungry. It probably never occurs to a predator that its prey could be hungry too. The salamander watches the falcon as he makes smaller and smaller circles around her. But she's plotting a feathery meal should the Lord of the Skies ever come too close.
Growing hungrier by the minute and thinking that, although the salamander is only an appetizer, he'd better grab it before it gets away and he has no meal. He dives down at lightening speed straight at the slow moving, orange and black salamander. Their eyes meet, and in an unplanned instant, they fall madly in love with each other.
How could this happen? And yet it did. They were truly in love, and both very hungry.