“When the peacock has presented his back, the spectator will usually begin to walk around him to get a front view; but the peacock will continue to turn so that no front view is possible. The thing to do then is to stand still and wait until it pleases him to turn. When it suits him, the peacock will face you. Then you will see in a green-bronze arch around him a galaxy of gazing, haloed suns. This is the moment when most people are silent.”
~ Flannery O’Connor, in her story “The King of the Birds.”
How do you feel when you look at this peacock? If you were standing face-to-face with him, would you remain silent?
With awe for this wondrous bird being,
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