A magpie-robin's song.
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - April 9, 2006 Posted: 12:05:58 AM EDT

Someone shared with me today the joy of finding a mynah nest with eggs on her balcony. And that got me thinking, I don't remember ever hearing the song of a magpie-robin for all these 20 years I've been living in Subang Jaya.
Magpie-robin/Burung Murai

The song of a magpie-robin was the song of my childhood. I remember when I was a little kid,  one day, I climbed up a dead rubber-tree to peer into the nest of a magpie-robin (burung murai). It was a magical sight! The color of the 4 eggs resting inside the nest made of twigs and dried leaves were a fragile, translucent white with a blue and green tint.

I remember hugging the dead tree trunk about 10 feet above the ground, feeling delirious with an unnamed joy.

Can we ever re-discover our sense of wonder?

I think that's worth a lot.

It's worth everything...the sight of the little magpie learning to fly between verdant rubber-trees, under the watchful eyes of its parents. The song of a magpie-robin greeting the rising of the morning sun.

I think that's worth a lot.

<14th Apr 06, several days after this entry/>

After my entry, I was woken up at 7.00am by the loud songs of a certain bird. I don't know which. I know this sounds like a drama, but boy, it was singing. I thought it was a dream. But this bird came back the next day. It's for real.

I've also started noticing songs of birds along tree-line areas and bushes. I think I've not been paying attention. It's not that the birds weren't singing. I was just not listening. Also, I noticed the songs brought no joy like it used to. Perhaps I am just too busy. Perhaps the birds of my childhood...



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