The Parrot and the Seafarer
The barman was reading his paper in the
fishing village pub when in came a seafaring man, weather-beaten with a patch on
his eye, a peg leg and a hook for a hand. On his shoulder was a magnificent
parrot. As the door closed behind the seafarer the parrot flew from his shoulder
to perch on back of a nearby chair.
"Don't I recognize you?" said the barman.
"Likely you do. I've been
away for many years. I'm Jim," said the man.
Jimmy, good to see you again. What on earth has been happening to you?"
The parrot glided across the bar and settled on the windowsill as Jim paid
for his beer. "I was sailing the great barrier reef when I
went swimming and got caught by a great white, that's how I lost my
"Terrible" said the barman as the
parrot flew up into the beams. "Was that when you lost your
"No, that happened in the Everglades when I
was fishing. I reached in to land my catch and an alligator took my forearm, bit
it right off. That's when I got the hook."
The parrot fluttered down to
sit on the bar as the barman said, "That's awful. How did
you loose your eye?"
"I was sitting in the sun,
just getting over that alligator when this bloody parrot flew by and dumped in
Puzzled, the barman said "But that's not
enough to cause you to loose the eye?"
"No, but I
wasn't used to the hook yet."