dance of the birds

I treated this like a free write, allowing my subconscious to see the image and then write about it. Raw stuff, no edits, no thinking. Guess my subconscious was still asleep at 5:00 am as it can count as flash fiction.

Each spring, during reunion and renewal, the birds perform a dance of joy.

They spread their wings.

Ballet steps, ice skater moves on tall thin legs.

Couples, lost to each other in the winter, reaffirm their partnership.

They beak, they waltz to music known only to the dancers.

Not everyone sees this incredible display of passion.

Most people walk by, not knowing that above, is a dance of love.

Bird songs, garble, whistle, whirr, cheek, click, proclaim, maintain.

For one moment each spring, before territory, mating, breeding, predator and prey, will dance without talons spread.

There is not a thought of the harsh winter, long migrations, loss of habitat, loss of numbers while they skip, slide, dip, flap, call and sing.

For that one moment, the dances of joy is all that matters.

Is all that is.

Free Write/Subconscious Flow  for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie: Writing Prompt #104 Rorschach Test Take 2



13 thoughts on “dance of the birds

  1. mj6969 May 1, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    I really enjoyed how you let yourself just go and glow with this – it makes perfect sense – I can see what you were seeing in your mind’s eye – as the image appeared – and it’s really a very lovely, attentive piece that celebrates joy – renewal. :D

    Great job!


    • phylor May 2, 2015 / 4:59 am

      We feed birds in our backyard, and note birds we see on walks.
      Spring means the warblers pass through adding new voices to the chorus.

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      • mj6969 May 2, 2015 / 10:19 am

        Nothing speaks of spring quite so much as birdsong and migrations. :)


  2. humbird April 27, 2015 / 6:03 pm

    ‘ dance of joy’ ~ brilliant idea….we really need to celebrate life….~ love this free expression x


    • phylor April 28, 2015 / 10:55 am

      Thank you. We do need to celebrate life, be grateful for the small things, take 5 minutes a day to do something that makes you smile or laugh.


  3. CC Champagne April 26, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    I was just outside (it’s almost 10pm here) and the birds were still chirping… At this time of year, how can anyone miss their dance of love? Beautiful write!


    • phylor April 26, 2015 / 11:24 pm

      Last year in early May, we had an incredible number of warblers pass through our yard. I hope we get to see their dance again.
      I agree — it is so beautiful, it is hard to believe that people miss it.


  4. mindlovemisery April 26, 2015 / 6:04 am

    I can see your words in the image, especially the part “Ballet steps, ice skater moves on tall thin legs.” I love how you embraced this challenge and just let your subconscious spill out perfection


    • phylor April 26, 2015 / 6:38 am

      It was an interesting prompt and given the reasons for those tests, I thought I’d go the subconscious route.
      Thanks for providing, as usual, a great pompt

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        • phylor April 26, 2015 / 11:43 am

          Thanks! I wondered if it was too simplistic — especially after I read your brilliant piece


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