TWICE upon a time
not very long ago there was a flock of egrets that went about
their business peacefully on the farm lands of Cannon limited
along the Mid-Stream stretch. The fact that they lived on the
farm lands for a number of years, they believed they enjoyed
"squatters' rights" and no one could evict them from the lands
because they would fight for their rights.The company just
completed harvesting the Easter crop and the vast expanse of farm
lands was conspicuous.Luscious green grass grew very quickly on
the farm lands.
A group of
officials drove slowly in their green jeeps along the Main Road
and stopped by Mid-Stream area where Tantie, an old brown and
white cow, devoured the lush green grass moistened by the
overnight dew.The officials came out of their jeeps and gathered
by the roadside.One of them pointed to the area where the egrets
were having their breakfast.Tantie tucked both ears up and
listened attentively how the men plotted to destroy the feeding
grounds of the egrets.She lifted her head and gave a distressed
cry .... mooo.
The flock of egrets
quickly flew around their leader, Ramgolam.The spokes person for
the egrets, Valarie, said,
seemed that the men come to take Tantie to the butcher.Please go
and find out from her what the matter is."
immediately bounced off the ground and in no time she flew over
to Tantie.She walked slowly besides her and enquired why she gave
that distressed cry. Tears trickled down Tantie's cheeks as she
disclosed to Ramlogam how she overheard a plot by the men.By then
the men went back in their jeeps and drove off.In a flash
Ramgolam reported to the anxious egrets.
"What is the
matter, Ramgolam?" one of them enquired.
"Tantie said those
men have a plot to take over our feeding grounds." Replied
whenever those men returned, I have an action plan which I want
everyone to follow carefully and quickly."
A few weeks later
the green jeep and a few black cars stopped at the same spot.As
the men came out of their vehicles, Ramgolam quickly flew over to
Valarie and said,
send a text message to Tantie.Tell her to listen what the men are
saying and to give us a signal when to put our plan in
action.Tantie moved into position not too far from the men,
pretending to mind her own business.There were officials from the
State and the Cannon Company.Tantie turned around, stomped about
raising dust in the men's faces, the lifted her hind legs and
exploded a great pungent sound from her rear.
"What is that?" one
of the men asked.
"It's that damn
cow," someone replied.
the egrets and with a quick response they all lifted off the
ground and headed straight for the men.As they flew over them,
they ejected from their rear white missiles on the men.The egrets
then circled above the men and excreted on them again and quickly
returned to base looking attentively to the reaction of the
men.The men were all messy and feeling uncomfortable. Without
uttering a word they fled to their vehicles and drove off for a
dive in the river.
Exactly one month
later great bulldozers went into action and in no time the lands
were flattened and well landscaped.Everywhere men were busy as
the construction engineers erected a massive centre on the lands
and enclosed the whole area with chain link mesh.Tantie
maintained her usual position listening attentively to the
conversation of the workers.She learnt from one of the
construction workers who went by the newly erected fence to
discharge some water, about the opening ceremony - the day, date
and time.Tantie wasted no time in radioing the information to
Ramgolam who summoned Valarie and the rest of the egrets to an
extra ordinary emergency meeting at the back of the
On that memorable
day, date and time, it was a Saturday to be exact, everyone was
there for the opening function.Officials from Cannon Limited,
from the State, the Church, the Private and Public Sectors and
the children were there.Not unusual, Tantie was by the roadside
having her favourite meal of Bermuda grass.For certain, the
egrets were around Tantie.
The moment arrived;
everyone stood at attention and lustily sang the national
It is very
And be in
Ever since that
day, there were activities at the Centre.Tantie continued to have
rights to the grass by the roadside and the egrets enjoyed the
special privilege of strolling and having meetings on the lawns
around the centre.
One wondered who
really was in command! (End)
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