Friday, May 25, 2012

Then, 4

I Will Remain, Matthew & The Atlas:

I don't know where I first heard this song, but it came on one day on my iPod as I was driving home from work, and the handclapping just lifted me up and cheered me up, even though the song itself is kind of sad.

I like to listen to this song when I go for my walks at night.  It makes me think philosophical things.

Things like: one night, I saw a bird land on the path in front of me.  As I approached, the bird stood its ground, until I was about 3 feet away.  Then it hopped a foot or two ahead, and when I got close again, it kept doing that.

Neat, I thought.  It's not really afraid of me.

Then I realized that it was probably trying to lure me away from its nest to keep me from killing its children and that in fact it was very afraid of me.

Or things like:

Last night, I saw this tree that had one branch sticking way out, horizontal to the ground, as far out from the trunk as the trunk was tall.  By doing that, it had managed to get out from under the cover of the higher up branches, this one odd limb leaning way out into the sunset on the north side of the tree. 

So I walked along and thought about how hard that branch had worked to do its part to help the tree-- and how it had to do all that work fighting other parts of its own team.


Andrew Leon said...

Or, maybe, that one branch was acting as a counterbalance to all the limbs on the south facing side of the tree to keep the tree standing upright and tall?

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Oh the metaphors are deep today, are they not? You sir then, are the water for the roots of all those who blog. And I doubt the bird was luring you away...most likely, it was just looking for food and trying to avoid being stepped on.