In this moment

I am surrounded by people, birds, and animals

They smile at me from the mantle here in my living room

They tell me of life in other places and other times

Some are from Africa, from Native American tribes, from India

Their stances tell me their stories

Some war-like, some peaceful

One is an Innuit stone carving of a bird

A foot tall and heavy

The bird looks at me

“All is well,” it says. “Do not be afraid.”

I find comfort

Knowing an Innuit chose that stone

Chipped away the excess

Freed the bird inside

To offer calmness and peace

A gift that transcends time and space

The Mantle in Our Living Room

The Innuit Bird

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Kelly Wise says:

    I love how you said the bird was freed from inside the stone. I never imagined sculpture that way but it is so true that the subject is indeed freed. Nice.

    1. Thank you. I appreciate your specific feedback. That is most helpful.

  2. food4u2eat says:

    Love it! Janice Keller Kvale, PhD, FACNM 4818 Berkman Drive Austin TX 78723 You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C.S. Lewis

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