Freebird 2014

Signature birds

I cannot lie. I love birds. It feels like a scene from Portlandia but birds were a part of my world well before the quirky TV program. My affection runs deep. In my office are four birds. One that the adorable CF gave me made by an artist we both admire. One that I received for my birthday from KC. One is a picture of a chicken with a rocket on its back (too hard to explain) and then – always within reach, the bird featured in the photograph. To me birds have always symbolized freedom and adventure. Weightlessness. Limitless. And it is in places and moments when I feel most weighted that I look at my birds and remember that the only thing that can keep me grounded is… me.

“A free bird leaps on the back of the wind
and floats downstream till the current ends
and dips his wing in the orange suns rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage
can seldom see through his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

And so, my resolution for 2014 is to dare to dream, to choose adventure, and to name the sky my own.

 

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