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The forgotten flamingo

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This is a short story I have written after actually seeing a ‘forgotten’ flamingo on a sandy Cretan beach. A message can be derived at the end and there is the possibilty of a certain extent of debate …

This is a short story I have written after actually seeing a ‘forgotten’ flamingo on a sandy Cretan beach. A message can be derived at the end and there is the possibilty of a certain extent of debate in class concerning which life philosophy students tend to favour: the active or passive, almost fatalist, stance.

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  • 1. The Forgotten FlamingoYou can listen to some instrumental music while reading.On a beach at Southern Crete, visitors often notice smallfootprints on the sand that arouse their curiosity. Written by a passer-by. / Photographs taken by Photoholic (all rights reserved)
  • 2. The Forgotten FlamingoBewildered, they look around, initially being suspicious ofthe playful seagulls that sit comfortably on the soft sand,permitting the tip of the waves to touch them gently.But do their feet mark the sand so lightly? On secondthoughts, the eyes swiftly browse the vast beach from oneend to the other.Consequtive images parade during this search: seagullsfinishing their flight, tourists searching for the best spot tosunbathe, swarming photographers, bent trees subject to thewind, picturesque little houses neighbouring the beach andChryssanthi’s tidy garden which stands out. Written by a passer-by. / Photographs taken by Photoholic (all rights reserved)
  • 3. The Forgotten FlamingoOut of the blue ... behold the culprit! A bird which isdifferent from all the rest and can rarely be found on theisland, stands alone overflowing with pride and eleganceand observing the beach frenzy; a flamingo that, asChryssanthi confirmed, was abandoned there when itsflock opened their wings for a journey of emigration.Day by day this extraordinary flamingo seems to wanderin the muddy part of the beach, avoiding every contactwith the human element. Struck by this rare sight, someforeigners desperately tried to approach it in order tocapture some of its beauty with their cameras. This is whenthe bird gracefully bent its long legs and vanished in theundergrowth. Written by a passer-by. / Photographs taken by Photoholic (all rights reserved)
  • 4. The Forgotten FlamingoIt vanished like a phantom putting people’s sanity to atest. Like a dream hiding in the subconscious without anyintention to be discovered again. Like a true recluse whoknows perfectly well what will dawn on others a lot later.If the visitors disregard the lonely bird’s denial of lifeand lower their eyes, they will see a brave crab that doesexactly the opposite: it patiently carries its home,struggling to find its way back to the sea. No ... It hasalready decided that it will not be left behind ... Written by a passer-by. / Photographs taken by Photoholic (all rights reserved)

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