THIS POST IS FOR THE BIRDS

January 5 is National Bird Day, a day to…. Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman (alias Clark Kent, alias George Reeves)! What’s more, January 5 is Reeves’ birdday — er, birthday! Of such happy ‘coincidences,’ ideas for posts are born.

No doubt you are too young to remember George Reeves as Superman in the early 1950’s TV series, The Adventures of SUPERMAN. These many years later, the above Intro-clip seems either unintentionally laughable or laughably camp, but the series was highly popular and made Reeves a national celebrity. Unlike Superman, however, the actor wasn’t made of steel and self-destructed (took his own life) in 1959 at the age of 45.

So much for the coupling of the birds and the Reeves. Bee-lieve me, the rest of this post is strictly for the birds.

BIRDS OF A TETHER

Chancing to glance out my kitchen window
one early spring morning, I notice two robins
in the yard battling over the prize one of them
has extracted from the ground. Having always
thought of robins as harmonious birds, I watch,
fascinated, as the feathered fiends engage in a
furious tug of worm to claim (you would think)
the last night crawler on the face of the earth.

Finally, one of the orange-breasted warriors prevails,
and down the hatch goes the winner’s breakfast.
I don’t know if the victor was the one who found
the worm first. All I know is the ill-fated victim was
the one who didn’t have much choice in the matter.

But let us not end on a downer. Look at the birds of the air. They neither sow nor reap; they sing and tweet. So let’s all sing like the birdies sing:

Yes, my friends, there was a once-upon-a-time when tweets were carefree, joyful and strictly for the birds/bird lovers. What has this world come to? Tweet tweet tweet tweet tweet!

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14 comments on “THIS POST IS FOR THE BIRDS

  1. painkills2 says:

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump – Jan 1
    Just bought Twitter. All tweets must first be approved by my office. Happy 2018, your beloved President. 🙂

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  2. Carmen says:

    You ARE, of course, aware of the Canadian connection to Superman. . . :).

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  3. mistermuse says:

    Actually, I’m not a big Superman fan and never saw the Superman movies or read Superman comics. I did watch some of the Superman TV shows as a teenager in the early 1950s, but subsequently lost interest. So I had to look up the Canadian connection and thank you for leading me to this interesting trivia:
    http://globalnews.ca/news/494608/10-fun-facts-about-supermans-canadian-ties/

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  4. arekhill1 says:

    I was a huge fan of the Supe in my comic book-reading youth, and even made the mistake once of dressing as the Man of Steel for Halloween, which caused a Kryptonite-like reaction in some of the older kids in the neighborhood.

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  5. mistermuse says:

    Makes me wonder what The Donald dressed as for Halloween in his youth. I can picture him as a clown now, but as a kid, he probably stayed home playing Monopoly for practice and thought of trick-or-treaters as losers.

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  6. Don Frankel says:

    Actually I knew the words to the intro almost by heart. Not that I was a big Superman fan just that there wasn’t a whole lot of TV back then. But as immortal as Superman was he did not have a cell phone so unfortunately he could not tweet at all. Also where would he change into his Superman suit now?

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  7. mistermuse says:

    Good question, Don. It wouldn’t be a problem on Halloween, but the rest of the year he’d probably need to make sure there’s one of these handy:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=portalets&biw=1280&bih=857&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi2ybj3iqzRAhUn9YMKHa2NCDcQsAQIIA

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  8. BroadBlogs says:

    Trump’s tweets are for the birds!

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  9. mistermuse says:

    Especially, birds such as nuthatches and loons.

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  10. literaryeyes says:

    We’re tweetering on the edge, my friend!

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  11. geo. raymond says:

    ‘Let’s all sing like the birdies sing’ will for me be forever connected to visiting the birds in the Disneyland Tiki Room

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  12. mistermuse says:

    I’ve never been there, but upon checking out the Tiki Room online, I can see where you’re coming from.

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