Wednesdays are now Anything Goes Day. Each Wednesday I’m going to devote this space to something creative: an essay, poem, photos—whatever suits my fancy, and hopefully yours. This is something I jotted down yesterday while I was sitting in the sun on my balcony.
Nature is oblivious that we are on lockdown. The sun plays in an expansive blue sky. The trees, unmasked, exchange their pollen, greening our world. Flowers defy the constraints of their potted plots of earth. The birds call and chatter, shattering the silence of the street—Hey-hi! You-you! Hey-hi! Unable to contain their joy, they fly together—up and away from the people stuck in their cages.
“Come soar with us,” they taunt. “Come fly!” Up there in the enormous blue where there are no limits. The sun, too, tugs at us. Come. Be free with us. Out here.
The more we are confined, the more nature is wilding. Running rampant, disobedient. Creating glorious chaos in our world of orders.
“You-you! Hey-hi!” a bird calls to me as I sit on my balcony, hemmed in by the railing. It mocks me from the rooftop above. “Hey-hi! You-you!” it calls again as it flies away. Come. Be free with us. Out here.
The sun tugs and tugs until I feel myself pull apart, pull away from my place of confinement. Up I go, up, up, up over the street, over my neighbors in their cages, over the rooftops. I’m flying, soaring, swooping in the sky with the birds.
“Hey-hi! You-you!” I call to my comrades on air. “Hey-hi!” I’m here. I’m free. My soul cannot be caged.
Tip of the day
Detach from your emotions with meditation, exercise, or by immersing yourself in something creative—writing, drawing, singing, cooking, whatever. Spend one hour free from the news and worries of the day. Feed your soul and your body will thank you.