by D.Messaoudi from Takerboust, Algeria
|The Fallen Crow ( (Dmessaoudi))|
The story of the
A long time ago, in the early days of the creation
of the world, all birds were white. One day, God gathered all the birds in a
vast plain and gave everyone a task. The crow was charged with transporting two
packages; one, full of knowledge and cleanliness, which was intended for Arabs
and another, full of dirt and ignorance, which was aimed at Westerners. To
remember God's instructions, while he was flying, the crow was repeating to
himself: "knowledge and cleanliness to Arabs, dirt and
ignorance to Westerners; knowledge and cleanliness to Arabs, dirt
and ignorance to Westerners ...." But halfway, while he was flying over a vast prairie, the crow met a
butterfly. The flight of the butterfly was so
irregular and clumsy that the proud bird began to twirl and laugh for a while.
When the butterfly had finally gone out of sight, the bird resumed its normal
flight and began to sing "Knowledge and cleanliness to Westerners, dirt
and ignorance to Arabs ...".
when he got to the land of the Westerners, the crow poured
knowledge and cleanliness; and when he arrived at the land of the Arabs, he spread
dirt and ignorance.
Believing he had accomplished the task rightly, the
crow returned proudly to the Creator. "What
did you do, crow? " God said. "I only
did what you ordered me to do, Lord; I gave to Westerners knowledge and
cleanliness and to Arabs dirt and ignorance," The crow answered. "What?"
But you did the opposite of my instructions!" God shouted at him. Realizing at last that he had erred, the crow began to
justify his error. But God stopped him and told him angrily: "Because of
this unforgivable negligence, I condemn you to wear a lousy black coat all your life and twirl in the
sky above stinking cadavers. Go away, now!"
Since then, the crow, which became black and
filthy, kept turning over in the sky above rotten corpses while shouting
"Error! Error! " in the hope that
God forgive him his carelessness.
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Last edited 4/3/2012 12:00:00 AM
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