Friday, May 16, 2008
The migratory path of the plastic garden flamingo (flamingus suburbanus petroleumus) begins here, in a dark cave in Garagistan, where they have hibernated peacefully all through the long, cold winter. The unique position of the cave's only opening admits no light until the earth's axis tilts just so, and the first rays of the spring sun shine through it and awaken the salmon-colored slumberers from their seasonal nap. As their eyes become accustomed to the crepuscular light and they survey their surroundings, they experience an urge to undertake a migratory journey, spurred on by the slowly dawning realization that they are sharing this cave with a cat. And, they are...birds. So it is they ready themselves for their yearly trek, which will take them many thousands of inches away from here. Their journey begins.