“Its Pigeon” / Memorable Fancies #3143

[“I suggest to some of our disciples that they look into the matter of messages upon pigeons, of course attributed to earthly owners, but said to be undecipherable.” – Charles Fort]

The pigeon arrived yesterday, a strange pigeon, looking around confusedly, apparently finding itself at the wrong place and not – quite – realizing it.

I opened its tiny message capsule and found what seemed to be words, but I didn’t understand them. I carefully copied the marks and took them to our local university. But no one at the university recognized the … language, if that’s what it was.

“It seems to reflect,” said one professor, “a conceptual system foreign to human beings.” – or at least foreign to him. I went away, dissatisfied.

But then — something came looking for its pigeon.


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