The sound was so lawless…raucous, vulgarhh…even the early morning sun quiver and turn pale. I swear I ain’t lying! The sun turn pale with fright! I see this meself, early Saturday morning gone.
KRAWWW KARAAAAWWWW KREHH KREEEHHH
KAROW KAKAAWWW KROW KROW KROW
One scrawk after another, scraping we ears, the air, the sky.
I been downstairs investigating another pipe that Lall break on Friday - I discover this early Saturday morning, water splatta-splatta wake me up. Then the krawwking and the kreehking start up. I run to we gate.
Mr. and Mrs. Pete been up in a tree across the road, cussing the whole nation on this good Independence Day.
What the scrawwk y’all Guyana people think y’all doing, selling we parrots to foreign countries, smuggling we, making fortunes out of we. Not because them rich ferringees, them rich foreigners who live overseas want we, that make it okay for you to sell we family and friends Abroad. You think we like living Abroad, in cages? You don’t think we enjoy we independence too?
Them two green parrots make me remember Uncle Jeremiah, me mother cousin. Jeremiah is he childhood nickname; he real name is Azeez. Or Azam. Or Akbar. Truth to tell, I ain’t know he real name. He live in England, been in Guyana for holiday early 2000. As usual, the gyaff take place in we verandah.
“I saw something that made me very sad today,” he did say in he crisp, proper way. “A baby jaguar was in a cage, in town. What are you doing with that, I asked the young man. He said he’s going to sell it.”
“One o’ them men did tell me that they got to earn a living too, uncle,” I say - not that I agree with the sale of wild animals, but just for argument sake.
“I don’t think it’s right. Sooner or later, our forests will be depleted of wild animals…”
Pete the parrot in the tree screech; he missis echo he sentiments. He rrrrile them hackles on he head. He rrrraise he hands up in the air like a triumphant pugilist. RRRRAAAAKKKK he holler and he and Mrs. Pete fly away.
I wish I can rent Pugilist Pete and he missis to disturb the arrogant man we hear about on Friday...but that is another story for another day...