National Writing Month DAY 9: WINGÉD THINGS
“And the wingéd things continue…a hawk hunting in the creek, redwood owls serenading me to sleep, & a parade of 20 quail passing thru my living room with a chirp and a mission. A juvenile peregrine falcon has taken an interest in me, visiting me regularly.
As of August 2017, I’d been out on the land for two months, in the forest, on the boundary, the threshold. In the Nearby Faraway, the gateway in-between. I feel like a thread connecting two worlds. At some point along the way, I came to putting feathers in my hat, a wingéd hat, so to speak.
I occasionally pick up feathers from birds in different ecosystems I live in or visit: falcon, turkey, red-shouldered hawk, raven, owl, quail, stellar jay, seagull, eagle, vulture. I admit, I am biased towards the dirt, for staying rooted, for soulfulness, and have always found it easy to descend (a big west shield), but these wingéd neighbors are reminders of flight, of imagination, of ascent, of spirit.
Yet even the wingéd-ones ultimately are of the earth and their bodies return to earth. It is a reminder of the connection between the land & sky, the mud & the wind, the worm & the sun. The thread that connects them all is who I am, who we all are.
It reminds me of that ancient greek hat called the petasos, a wide-brimmed hat associated w/ travelers & farmers, & when it was winged, w/ the God Hermes, Patron of Poetry. Hermes is a deity also associated with travel, messaging, writing, commerce, omens, underworld guiding, boundaries, & being a trickster figure. He’s also known to have stolen cattle & had affairs with nymphs, things I haven’t yet been tempted to do.” 🤠
(Total word count: 14,565)
For #NaNoWriMo2018, we (Katie and Ryan @wildnatureheart) are each writing our memoirs, our Wild Nature Heart stories so to speak, sharing a glimpse of our progress throughout November. We really believe what the organization says: the world needs your story! Everyone has a story to tell—each unlike anyone else’s story. What’s your Wild Nature Heart? We look forward to sharing this journey of vulnerability and self-discovery with you.