Something solid

2010 April 24
by David J. Ringer

MOBILE, ALA. — False expectations, when one has traveled too much and too fast, flicker readily across the consciousness: Toucanets could emerge from the mist. That stub should hold a treeswift. Am I looking for king parrots? Sights, smells, emotions trigger these strange moments. But other moments — the immediate and the real — are the ones that ground the self in time and in place.

An Eastern Kingbird, having just survived a nonstop flight across the Gulf of Mexico, rests a few yards behind the dune line on Dauphin Island, Alabama:

Eastern Kingbird, Tyrannus tyrannus

2 Responses
  1. J. Keithline permalink
    April 25, 2010

    Thanks—what lovely thoughts to ground me in this moment shared with someone I do not know yet feel a kindred spirit!

  2. April 26, 2010

    Amazing thoughts that will keep me thinking.

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