Every bully has a weak spot. "When the Grackles Lose Their Tails" uses the grackle, the bully of the bird world, as a metaphor to demonstrate that truth. We may not be able to get rid of grackles or bullies, but we can learn to avoid and or deal with them. Whenever you face someone big and scary think, feathers, like fears, are just temporary. And as our mothers alawys admonished us; kiil them with kindness.