I’m so excited you’ve decided to drop by to visit. My book, Song of the Blackbird will be coming out soon and I want to share with you the reason I chose the blackbird as a key symbol in my novel. I’ve always been fascinated by the sky and how free and liberating it must feel to soar above the clouds and gaze down on the beautiful scenery below. During summertime as a child, I used to lie in the grass and watch the clouds float by and imagine myself as one of the birds gliding through the air. I pictured myself as an eagle or a falcon, proud and free, ready to conquer the world.
The setting of my book is a state prison where inmates are bound not only by locked gates and fences but also by strict rules and regulations. Their daily schedules are regimented, often down to the exact hour and minute. I wondered to myself what it was like to be imprisoned in such a way, to have your every course of action dictated by another. Freedom must seem very far away when your sentence is long and when you’re surrounded by nothing but wired fences and watch towers with armed guards. Your link to society is through letters or phone calls or if you’re lucky, occasional face-to-face visits with your loved ones.
Yet inmates also have what we all have. The ability to look up and marvel at the vast expanse of the universe. To watch the sun rise and set and to gaze at the occasional bird soaring through the air. Even in solitary confinement, prisoners get a small amount of time each day to go outside and soak in the sun, to breathe in some fresh air and reconnect with nature. Freedom is but a breath away.
For the characters in my novel, the blackbird represents this ability to escape, to break away, to fly free and rise above the grim circumstances of their daily lives. We all need this connection with nature now and then. For me, watching a bird fly reminds me of the beauty of life and the joy of freedom.
Have you ever faced a hard situation in life where you turned to nature for solace? What animal would represent your personality or dreams or aspirations best? I would love to hear your comments. Please post them back.
My recent trip to Kauai. Great view of the sky.