continued ….. its wings, so large that they stretch the length of its entire body from its breastbone to the shorter thin feathers on the backside, it’s feathers lying next to each other, slightly overlapped when not in use, like a tightly louvered fan pointing downward while standing.
I picture its wings in flight the shorter round feathers at the back edge vibrating or fluttering through the air like the sensitive fingers of a pianist each in tune with the incremental movements needed to stabilize and direct the strength it takes to create forward thrust, their giant wings beating downward, pulling themselves upward or in graceful flight gliding through the sky two different parts of its body telling it what to do the breastbone and the long tail feathers telling it to rise up and up effortlessly higher and higher flying free over clouds of air they see, that we can only imagine.
I creep forward cautiously until we stand next to each other. I sense a strangeness about its lack of movement, as if it’s in a trance.
Crane’s Eye/Seeking Awareness
I look closely into its eye, the iris a thin orange/blood red ribbon surrounding the the pupil so large it nearly fills the entire eye socket, a dark black pool without a flicker of life.
While looking into its eye, I think how great it would be to see some sense of awareness. Something that would tell me the crane isn’t dead or dying when, suddenly it breaks out of its trance.
It’s pupil flickers, a spark of sunlight reflects off of the surface of the black pool. The iris contracts, the dark pool grows smaller until it finds a focal point.
I see its eye tracking from place to place over my face feeling bewildered perhaps by my curious movements, the soft shapes and colors of my face, the black pool of my awareness filling his awareness of sights so different from its everyday world gliding high, looking down at ponds and streams, wading through water searching always searching to satisfy the hunger that gives life meaning. The desire to live.
It’s Alive, It Has Awareness
Suddenly I know its alive! It has awareness. I feel a link between our searching ever curious minds.