Wolf Pit, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette
I was walking home one evening and fell into a pit in one of our neighbor’s fields. There in the pit, to my surprise, was a wolf. I was terrified and so was the wolf. The walls of the pit were confined, and the floor was deep below the surface. I backed up against a wall, and the wolf did the same at the other end of the pit. The distance between us could be crossed if I reached out my hand. All night we shared this pit. In the morning some men found me and pulled me out. They shot the wolf.
Upside Down Bird, 2016 © Traverse Day Robinette
After Thanksgiving my family sets up our Christmas tree with our hodgepodge collection of ornaments. One ornament is a life-like bird with real feathers. I’m unaware of its origin, but we hang it on the tree every year.
I decided one year to place the bird ornament on the bird feeder in the backyard. There was a small flock of birds around the feeder, and when I went outside they all fled for refuge in the surrounding trees. The ornament has wires extending from the feet. I wrapped the wires around one of the posts of the feeder, and then I walked back inside the house. From the window my family and I watched as the birds returned.
The birds kept their distance from this strange new bird on the feeder. Slowly their chirping grew louder. The birds became restless, flying around and hopping between the trees. Birds started circling the feeder, and one brave cardinal swooped in and hit the ornament. The ornament that was attached to the post did not fall off, but instead fell forward and was now hanging upside down on the feeder. The imposter was revealed and chaos spread amongst the birds.