“Castle Peacocks”

“Here, on the island, the peacocks roamed in all their weird glory. The creatures appeared to contain three entirely dissimilar bodies in one: an electric-blue neck, so stunningly bright as to be almost overpowering, a brown-gray-and-white back that looked like brain tissue or fish scales, and a tail that might have been a nest woven by a poet for a nymph—a tail that, when spread, was twenty times the size of the bird spreading it, with spined quills like blanched bones, with a hundred floating blossoms of eyes, cornflower blue and pale turquoise, slightly out of focus, like something the creator designed on a spring morning, when twenty, in love, and enjoying a sip of fine Bordeaux. To see this bird in its out-flung glory, plumage arranged against a background of purplish-pink rhododendrons and pinky-white rose blooms, bounded by verdant shrubbery, was to experience a visual exoticism rare in life.”

Richard Maddox

Richard Dietrich Maddox's writing focuses on the search for permanent happiness, the goal of finding paradise on earth, the attainment of human Enlightenment. His work, though fiction, attempts to convey the profound spiritual Truth passed on to humanity by Enlightened Masters. Maddox approaches spiritual wisdom from a Western level of experience, presenting characters to whom readers can easily relate, offering situations in which readers might well have found themselves. His work offers, in a style which those living in the West will find understandable, the possibility of blissful existence.

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