A Fluttering of Wings…

Written by on January 11, 2015 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

northern-cardinal-male-phillipschwarzphotographyI hear a fluttering of wings coming from the two pine trees next to the bird feeder. Several birds, sparrows, perhaps a mourning dove fly out.

“Good morning!” I sing cheerfully stepping from the porch onto the snow. I have come to feed them.

Just at that moment a red tailed hawk flies out of one of the pine trees after the birds, wings beating the air. In seeming slow motion it pulls in its wings as it enters the other tree, disappears momentarily into the branches and then emerges with a bright red cardinal in its claws. The white speckled underbelly of the hawk highlights the red feathers, the black eyes, the reddish orange beak of the cardinal in its grasp as it glides in front of me across my path and out over the holding pond.

Its victory cry just moments later pierces through the cold and the shock of what I just witnessed.

I move, scatter the seeds onto the ground, in a daze, conflicted, knowing I am feeding more than the sparrows, cardinals and juncos.

And they wouldn’t have it any other way. Not one of the little birds who must live under this threat would trade their freedom and the risks it involves for the safety of a cage.

Why then should we?

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About the Author

About the Author: Greetings, fellow dreamer, and welcome! I’m Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist. Some of my creative projects are a CD of healing music, “For the Sake of Love” and a children’s book on the interconnectedness of life, “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” published by Illumination Arts. Currently, I’m in the process of creating podcasts for my book series on covert abuse. My commitment is to the creative process especially as it relates to the healing journey. Whether I’m singing at a vigil for asylum seekers, memorial for political activists or sitting around a table sharing tea and conversation with friends who just want to talk heart to heart, I am always deeply moved by the human spirit to love and live with authentic beauty. Thank you for being here, for reading my posts and/or listening to my podcast. There’s much to share, much to create and the journey has just begun! Meet you on the path. .


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