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It Was A Different Flight

Intelligent Organic AircraftI knew it was a different flight when we began our descent through the clouds.  The plane bounced a little when it hit the first one, then settled like a spoon through ice cream.  One by one, the clouds surrendered under the weight.  And as the clouds gave, you could almost hear them sigh.  The last one snagged on the tail, tugged a little-stretched-and then slowly eased its grip open, waving gently as it released the plane.  Were there shreds of cloud lingering behind, or did we shed some tail feathers? 
Inside the cabin, I noticed dozens of faces glued to the windows, the only sound the occasional oohs and aahs of wonder, with the attendants leading the random chorus.
I turned as motion outside the window caught my eye.  The wings, gently flapping, showed a grace of lapping waves.
On our descent we crossed over a patch-work quilt of greens and browns–farms on hilly terrain that reminded me of my bed on Saturday mornings, hastily made on my way to weekend adventures with lumps of socks and stuffed animals beneath.
While still fairly high, the plane abruptly, yet gracefully, slowed– with a slight lift and reversal of motion– and alighted on an enormous bird house high in the branches of a Sequoia.
We all just sat, all agog and awed.

788. Becoming a Bird

Shore Bird in Flight

“Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they?”  Matthew 6:26

The rock outcropping began to warm in the pre-dawn glow as the horizon took on a golden orange hue.  The undersides of marshmallow clouds shared the warming embrace, kissed by the still-hidden sun.

The cliff was  already active with calls and chatter.  I’ve never been a morning person, but this, my first daybreak with wings, was something I wouldn’t miss.  Some were waddling on the beach, while others were already taking advantage of warming air columns, soaring high above the open expanse of ocean.


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