The Eagle and the Songbird
Following high school, and a three-year program at Temple in Mechanical Engineering Technology, I found a job is a draftsman, and eventually found my way at the age of 25 into a job at a bank marketing firm as an “artist,” hired to do lettering on flip charts. While there, I taught myself to illustrate and developed a style using the tools of my trade as a draftsman: rapidograph pen, straight edge, circle and ellipse templates, vinyl eraser, and xacto knife.
At my workplace, I also learned to write, if not in a creative way, one that would help sell bank cards and explain financial services.
Fascinated with children book illustrators, I decided to write an “adult children’s book” and used a songbird in a cage as my doppelganger and protagonist. The antagonist of my story was a “know-it-all” eagle, who saw himself as magnificent because he could travel so far and view so much.
While swooping down to an open window and landing on its ledge one day, the eagle spotted the
songbird softly singing in his cage, and began to taunt him about his meager life.
The songbird was undaunted by the eagle, and merely told the larger bird that his life was one of
family, stories, songs and the rhythms of his home. The eagle continued to chide the songbird and his “tiny” life, and finally convinced the smaller bird to fly with him to experience some of the world he saw in the way “it was meant to be seen.”
As the story progressed, the eagle displayed his ignorance of the world and the people in it, looking foolish while displaying his bravado. The songbird took in the sights and became aware of the ignorance of the larger bird. By the end of the story, the songbird was thankful to maintain his truth, “...that although I don’t get to see the vastness of the universe, I get to experience the real meaning of
Although the story was lost in time, I have maintained nearly all of the art and given some to my
–– George Rothacker
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