A dream I had

I find a bird in my home.

I pick it up gently, grasping its delicate legs in the palm of my hand.

I want to find a more delightful place for this bird to spend time. I meander my home. It has no ceilings, only nets. I look for places with sunshine. The bird and I exchange pleasantries. We converse amicably as I look.

I take the staircase up to a room at the top of the house, a giant green net covers the room where the ceiling should be. It’s sunny up here, but no, not good enough for Bird.

I walk through the hallway into another room. Too dark. I make sure not to hold onto her legs too tightly. I want her to be free, after all. She deserves the best.

I enter another room, and another room, and another room. None of the rooms are good enough for Bird, I think to myself. They’re too dark. Or have a boring view. Or something else. She deserves the best, this bird.

I enter the next room, her tiny legs in between my fingers.

It dawns on me.

Freedom is through the door.

I am the prison guard, holding Bird captive.

 

I wake up.

Am I the bird?

1 Comment A dream I had

  1. John January 29, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Yes, you’re the bird.

    Like Bukowski wrote, “There’s a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out.” (https://allpoetry.com/poem/8509539-Bluebird-by-Charles-Bukowski)

    But you’re also the prison guard and the prison.

    So maybe consider: for you, what is freedom? What is being free? What is being alive?

    And maybe ask yourself: does your apartment in the big city give you the world or does it keep you from it? What lies on the other side of its door?

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