A Newfound Appreciation

Birds - Spectre of the Brocken: #title

A spring morning, my awakening beats the sun.

I decide to elevate the ordinary by concocting an early morning Bloody Mary. Then settling into my recliner, kicking up the footrest, signaling a premature surrender to the day with a cheer and a chug. 

The soft chirps and songs of waking birds sneak through the closed slider door.


With a confident ease, I release the footrest, rise from my throne, and slide open the door. 

The melodies of nature flood in, along with the fresh smell of spring. I find myself immersed in the symphony, focusing on both near and far songs. I thank mother nature that it is not the woodpecker pecking at my house. 

I meditate on the growing warmth in my gut as I listen still to the fascinating dance unfold. 

The nearby birds alter their song pattern, syncing with the calls from the other birds’ afar, creating a dialogue. 

The ebb and flow of their calls and replies create a mesmerizing ensemble. I am oddly drawn to their conversation, trying to decipher. Were they thanking each other for last night’s one-night stand? Perhaps inviting each other over for tea this afternoon? Maybe the distant bird is telling the closet bird to not come anywhere near its territory or it will rip its wings off.

No, the tone is too friendly.

What captivates me most is not the interpretation of the song, but the realization that I’ve allowed myself the calmness, the peace, to stop and listen. To take it in. 

It’s a departure from my habitual clenching of anxiety. 

Pacing of the 5 am floor. 

Subconsciously seeking distractions to my societal duties.

At this moment, 

surrounded by the soothing cadence of chirping, 

I discover a newfound appreciation…

I like birds.

Birds: You can find this story in the collection “Spectre of the Brocken: Halo for the Observer.”

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Ran Kime Writer
Ran Kime, a writer, poet, musician and recluse from New Hampshire, crafts abstract stories, flash fiction & poetry that probe the psyche. His collections include “Spectre of the Brocken: Halo for the observer” and “Way Past Tipsy & Other Silent Cries for Help”.