Artist: Robert Dowling
She wondered what it was like. To fly. To escape. Freedom.
Dreamt of climbing up to the birdhouse. Shrinking down until she could sit on the perch.
Waiting. Breath held. Heart exploding. Hands shaking.
Residents arrive. Begin their season of rebirth.
Then the question. Will you teach me to fly. Like your children.
Patience. Practice. Practice. Anxious. Nervous. Ready.
Let go of perch. Dress becomes wings. Tentative flap.
A bluebird flying. Escape. Freedom.