A Fluttering of Wings…

Written by on January 11, 2015 in Tea and Conversation 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: I'm Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist. Keeping the Dream is a journey made up of three interconnecting paths: Finding Your Voice, which is the healing process and self-knowledge; Speaking Your Truth, which is telling your story instead of letting others tell it for you; and Speaking Out, which is taking a stand for what you believe in and rejecting the lies. These three paths lead to empowerment and freedom, and they are a threat to abusers, despots and corrupt governments, alike. My commitment is to continue on this journey for myself and for others until it everyone comes to know and honor their human dignity and the dignity of others. Through poetry, song and the written/spoken word, this is the Dream I’m keeping. .

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