The fig tree talking
أوضاعنا الحالية تذكرنى بخطأ وقعنا فيه منذ زمن … مشكلة تغاضينا عنها و لم نقدرها حق قدرها … فكبرت و تفاقمت حتى صارت حدث مميت … كل هذا ذكرنى بتلك القصة التىكنت أدرسها منذ سنتين و التى تحكى و … تأمل …
فى القصة تحقق الأمل … أما على أرض الواقع فمازلنا ننتظر أن نتحرك ….
ستون عاما نتخذ فيها قرارا … إذا كنا سنتحرك أم لا …!!
القصة باللغة الإنجيليزية .. كاتبها مصرى و لكن النسخة التى كنت أدرسها مترجمة إلى إنجيليزية …
The fig tree talking هى حديث شجرة التين … التى مر عليها الزمن و طال ليلها … و دوما اتساءل أما لهذا الليل من فجر ؟! …
لم أرد أن أنشر هذه القة كوضوع عادى … لأن الموضوع يأخذ وقتا ثم يتوارى و ننساه ونكمل حياتنا به أو من دونه … لذا فقد خصصت صفحة لهذه القصة لتبقى … ما بقيت المدونة …
و القصة سوف أنشرها على جزئين … لأننا مللنا من واقعنا … فمابالك بالواقع على هيئة قصة و مأساة تتكرر ؟!
أرجو أن تستمتعوا
The children got used tp sitting with their grandfather
every night . They would ask and he would answer.
One night, before getting to bed , they asked him .
This time their question was so un expected . It was about
the Palestine’s calamity ; how did it start ?
And how did it reach its present miserable condition ?
Grandfather paused for a while , he was thinking of
a way to simplify the whole matter for them . At last he
decided to symbolize it as a story which takes place in animals’ world.
He started retelling the story and they were all in ears .
Once upon a time there was a very sacred fig tree which
grew on the beach of aforest controlled by strong animals . Justice there was not only in the favour of the strong. It was real justice . In our tree lived long long ago a group of birds , animals and insects .
Despite of their difference in kind and ways of living and eating , they represented an excellent example of cooperation and friendliness . They were happy with their tree, which provided them with food and shelter as God intended .
As for the falcon , its nest occupied its highest branches to use its sharp eyesight in discovering any coming enemy . Close to it was the crow’s nest to recieve the falcon’s warning and deliver it with its loud voice to the rest of the inhabitants .
In one of the holes of the great tree lived the owl .Everybody as the most wisdom one considered him . Near it lived the hoopoe , which was considered as thei means of communication to the outer world .
Under the tree’s root lived the rabbit in a curved tunnel, which he preparedas home for him and his family . Even the ants built for themselvesa big compound under a huge stone beside the tree . They planned it by the inspiration of God in the best way . Likewise were the bees which occupied one of the branches of the tree . It was fantastic with its six-sided shape hole , which they filled with wax and honey as God intended .
Life went on safely and happily . At night, the night creatures went out to find their food . They would return before sunrise . The morning creatures woke up to fulfil their jobs according to the law of nature .What really reinforced their security was the presence of the strong 5 o the jungle . They established a forest security council .
If any injustice fell on any one , he would head to them . Those five were : the old lion, the white bear , the panda , the roaster and the grand eagle who had the upper hand in the security council .
No body thought or imagined that the grand eagle who was respected by everyone and was thought to be just and siding with the truth wil control this council . It was thought that he could never yield to his own interest of his friends , only . This was done by the continuous opposition to any decision that was against his interests . The rule of the council stated that there must be total agreement by all the members. No order could be passed unless the five members agreed . This represented the lack of the justice system , through which injustice was done and many rights were lost . On top of all was the right of our fig tree as will be shawn in our story . One day the old lion was trapped in a hunter’s net and he failed to escape . A wandering rat hurried and used its sharp teeth to free the lion .
After that the lion kept reminding the lion of this favour . He thought of a way to repay her back . So he asked what he could do to repay her . She asked him to pave the way for her to have a house in the fig tree where there were figs and honey . She had her promise .
Then came a cold rainy day when the lion used his authority on the inhabitants of the tree and he made it easy for the rat to enter the rabbit’s home , without his awareness .
The rat rested till in one of the hole’s corners and instead of kicking her at once the rabbit left her till the morning to present the matter to the rest of his neighbours .
The rabbit met everyone and presented his case .Most of them didn’t see the danger in keeping the rat till the rain stops . Only the owl strongly opposed it .
Owl : ” You all sleep at night , only the nightingale , the hedgehog and me go wander through the fields and see with our own eyes the corruption done by this creature , which some consider there is no harm of staying with us . We see her destrucion as if it hated the whole world and only loved itself . All night it steels people’s food , pollutes and spoils what it doesn’t eat . ”
Nightingale : ” More than this , it carries within its hair dirty insects and transfer illness and sickness to everyone ” .
Owl : ” Pleaselisten to our advice and don’t accept her so as not to spoil our lives and control our beautiful tree that gathers us .”
They all consulted each other and when the votes were taken , most of them were under estimating the danger and they permitted the rat to stay for the night . The night went on with its thunder and lightening while the rat was sitting still in the hole’s corner trembling .
Every body was calmand with the warm coming out of their bodies , sleep came and they gave in except the rat thatdidn’t blink her eyes . She kept shining and radiating cunning and despise until signs of the morning shone .
In the morning when the rabbit woke up he saw the rat preceded him in waking . She was cleaning the hole actively and ful of enthusiasm . Once she finished her job she went out and was absent not for long . When she returne she had food for the rabbit . In all her movements she made sure that she was seen by eveyone . At the end of the day’s meeting the abit was asked to speak .
Rabbit : ” After spending the night with the rat in my hole it is important for me to notify you that I found nothing to mak me or you afraid of her. ”
Owl : ” That is what I was afraid of . This creature corrupts people’s positions and food . And we accept her among us ?”
Nightingale : ” I remind my brother the rabbit that whathe experienced with her is only decievement which she masters. The Owl and I are eye-witnesses of what she and her likes practice of corruption and corrupting all night .”
The majority didn’t deal with thematter seriosly .
The cunning rat carried inside of her a great dangerous secret , which sh hid from all . She had little rats . Her tummy started to grow bigge , but she went on doing her jobs and offering her services .
Then in one night she gave birth to eight little rats . The scenesurprised the rabbit . The rat and her babies were sleeping as well as the whole tree . He pitied her to rest and to look after her babies .
The news epread among the tree’s inhabitants . The owl was furious and he shouted : ” This is what I had feared . You accepted her as one and in one night she becomes nine and then they will increase tremendously. They will control the tree till they kick us out . They will make us refugees to other trees . ”
Rabbit : ” Hey brother , you are exaggerating . No wa can these peaceful creatures be as wicked as you a re picturing them .”
Many animals shared the rabbit his opinion that the whole matter is undercontrol . There could be no fear of a weak rat with weaker babies .The aware owl left the gathering murmurng : ” You’ll remember what I said latr, may God hep us all .”
In less than 3 months . te new females gavebirth to more babies. The increase in number was amazing . They formedthe majority and they became a source of corruption to life in the tree . The complains increased . Whenever someone faced one or two of them , he was surprised and conquered against its number and force .
The owl called for a decisive meeting to discuss the situation . Everybody met and after viewing the situation , the found them selves in a critical position .The whole matter needed a strong battle , which they haven’t prepared for .