Daily Prompt: Daily Mumurations


“What’s that noise outisde, who are you talking to?”

“I beg your pardon. I am not talking to anyone. A flock of starlings have arrived in the garden, and they are having a murmur.”

“I thought it was you, you are always murmuring about something.”

“That is not true, I never murmer. I speak in a loud clear voice,  well not all the time, just sometimes perhaps. If you bothered to listen to what I say, you would find that my mumers are conversations.+

“With yourself?”

“Generally yes, because no-one bothers to listen, except perhaps for the birds. This morning I did an important murmer, but I had to repeat it twice until it registered.”

“You mean because I forgot to pick up your perscription at the chemists. There is no rush, you have enough tablets, and I was busy tanking up the car. It does not run on water or air, it needs gas now and again and you never think about fillig the tank.”

“I really have more important things to do and my perscription can wait? The chemists is just opposite the garage.”

“I know but I forgot. I will pick it up tomorrow, you have a cupboard full of mdication”

“Only because I remember to buy it.”

“No, if you remembered to buy it I would not have to fetch it. And now we have enough gas in the car, you can fetch your medicine yourself.”

“I am busy with something else, murmer, murmuer, murmer.”

“Did you say something important?”

“I never say anything important do I. You never listen in any case.”

“Of  course I listen.”

“Only when there is nothing more important, like a television programme or the news on the radio.”

“That is not true, but this morning it was important. In case you havn’t noticed, there are elections going on at the moment and that is very important.”

“Or course I noticed, but it is all the same old discussions and things don’t change in any case. A lot of murmering leading nowhere. I prefer to listen to the starlings. At least their murmers have a meaning.”

“You understand them?”

“Not more that you do, but they understand each other because they listen to each others murmers.”

“And I don’t listen to yours?”

“Only when you do not have something more important like listening to the radio or reading the newspaper.”

“I like to keep myself informed. Hello are you listening. Where are you? She has gone out, just left me in the middle of a sentence and now sitting outside reading a book. Hello, I was talking to you.”

“Were you really? I just heard a few murmers, sorry I wasn’t listening. I decided to sit outside and listen to the starlings having a murmer. And now they have all flown away. Did you have to make so much noise.”

“I did not make noise. I was only talking to you.”

“But in a loud voice.”

“Because you were sitting outside.”

“And now the starlings have flown away. Where are you? Oh, he has disappeared indoors again. Now I can continue reading my book and  have a quiet murmer to myself. I always agree with myself and never have negative murmers.”

Daily Prompt: Daily Murmations

5 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Daily Mumurations

  1. I wish to point out that starlings do not MURMUR. The yelp. Chuckle. Caw, Yawp. They are a noisy bunch of birds.

    Garry doesn’t listen to me, either. He says it’s his hearing but he didn’t listen to me “back when,” either. That’ why we write. We need to communicate!

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    • I believe you. I was just following the dictionary. We see starlings perhaps once a year. They swoop down on the garden in a flock, spread around, stay for an hour and then all disappear again. Sometimes I despair at the prompt suggestions, but I am a fool for trying anything out.
      Of course we listen to each other, but usually only with one ear, if it is not occupied with something else.


      • We listen, if it’s important. When it’s information. Dates. Numbers. Otherwise, I think we sort of listen. Garry really CAN’T hear very well at all, so unless it’s important, I don’t bother him about it. I’m beginning to lose some of my hearing too, so eventually, we will both talk AT each other. That will be pretty funny.

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        • Our hearts is not getting better with the years, but it seems to become a habit not to answer the first time. My dad had hearing problems working in a factory all his life and being on the heavy artillary in the war. I came from a family of loud voices, I often have the feeling the first word in a conversation is “what?” even when it is not necessary.


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