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THE SWAN OF THE SOUL TAKES FLIGHT AND ASKS WHICH WAY TO GO
Wild swans are winging by overhead; the third time in as many days.

They call as they fly and I wonder if they are just having conversations with each other, like we would on a long car trip...the younglings honking, "Are we there yet? Are we there yet?" and the elders threatening to turn this flock around and fly home if the kids don't behave.

Are they commenting on the things they pass at 70 miles an hour, or is it the waterfowl equivalent of buzzing the natives? "HONK HONK NYAH NYAH! Can't catch us, boo yah!"

If they're trying to get our attention, they've succeeded.

They trumpet and I turn, lifting my head, tracking them until they're out of sight and hearing. They fly low and they are loud and their necks are ridiculously long in flight.

The wild swans sound a bit like barking dogs from inside the house. A big pack of baying hounds flying past.

Flying over Flyinge, through the rain.

I wonder what it is like, flying through the rain singing, with no protection except the oil in your feathers and the aerodynamic envelope of pressure; as the water beads and rolls from your tail in a silver freefall. I wonder if they get tired of holding their feet up. I wonder if they wish they could just take the train.

We were going to drive to Germany in May, both cars, but now we think we'll fly. We will fly faster than the swans, but it won't be as fun. I will sit in my airplane seat, belt dutifully latched, and watch the light outside the windows streak the wings with silver, quietly honking once in a while to myself.

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Once again, you've made me smile. Thanks.

You are so very welcome :)

(Anonymous)
oh my

I think this will stand as one of my favorite Lizardek posts EVER.

Flying swans over head *swoon* calling out to each other, like kids in the back seat -- "Mom! He's totally sticking his wing in my face. Make him stop."

You crack me up!!!

~bluepoppy

Re: oh my

It never loses its punch, that moment of recognition when I realize that the swans are on the move. They are so bizarre and so majestic at the same time.

(no subject) - (Anonymous)

Thankee kindly :)


do the swans also aim to knock over letterboxes as they go honking by?

Divebombing? Heh. No, they just barrel straight over, on a mission to wherever it is they are going.

(Anonymous)

I wonder what it is like, flying through the rain singing, with no protection except the oil in your feathers and the aerodynamic envelope of pressure; as the water beads and rolls from your tail in a silver freefall.

That gave me chills when I read it. Such lovely, lovely language.

~Sprigs

They must be so warm, flying, even in the rain.

is it spring yet? is it? huh?

I had high hopes, but ... sigh

Ah. Lovely.

(no subject) - (Anonymous)

thank you. I snitched it from someone on a community. It's the same photograph that I tore out of a magazine a million years ago and then used in my collage book recently. I wish I knew who the photographer and the subject was!

We went to ICA yesterday and they had a big sign saying "Sveriges enda svanmärkta butikskedja" at the entrance, with a huge swan head looming above it. These mean-looking swans then loomed overhead in strategic places throughout the store. Very disturbing.

Glad to see you didn't get stuck in that pile-up outside of Lund yesterday!

It was north of my exit, so I didn't even see it, but Anders had a colleague in the middle of it. :(

Thank you for that wonderful imagery -- this is why I love your writing. No matter what obnoxious people or stubborn computer code or nasty weather I encounter in my day to day life, I always know that in your journal I'll find balm for the soul.

"Flying over Flyinge" would be a great title for the book you'll write someday... ;-)

Your faith in me is inspiring. Also, terrifying.

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