No. 198. Green Bird of Happiness. He was so desperate for Spring that he decided to make himself a songbird. He thought he might carve one from wood. Or build it in tin and then paint it. In the end he did neither because, as it turned out, the bird he has envisaged already existed.
He found it in the alley beside his studio. It was very large, about three feet high, and made of metal--cunningly made, he thought. It bore a little hexagonal hole in its side that had once clearly accepted a huge key (now missing) that had probably caused it to jump about in a fluttery, bird-like manner--or maybe even sing. The bird had rusted here and there, and some of its exquisite blue-green paint had flaked off. The top of its head had been painted a soft cherry-red.
He hauled the derelict bird into his studio and heaved it up onto a wooden platform so he could study it .
The bird was superb in every way. It was of course mysterious--not the least of its mysteries being its sudden appearance in his alleyway--and yet not remote or off-putting in any way. It was a Bird Familiar. It was an adjunct bird, a bird that completed him and set his restless desires to rest. It filled his yearning heart with peace. There were times when he was certain he could hear it singing.

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