The Swift

I stepped out of summer and into spring, the calm quiet warmth of summer the air thick with the scent of blossom was blown away in an instant as I stepped out of the shelter of the hill.

The sound of birdsong is lost to the deafening wind, sunlight breaks through the heavy dark clouds and turns the choppy water to liquid platinum.
Above me shadows chase shadows, dark silhouettes dance through the air effortless in the wind that makes me check my step.
Black as night against the stormy sky, so black that it’s like looking into the void, the slight reddish brown of their plumage only serves to make their blackness seem deeper like I’m looking through a gateway to another world.
My heart races in time with theirs as they swoop alongside, in front, then are gone again spinning wildly away up into the sky once more.
My eyes follow them upwards, beyond their perfect silhouettes the sky churns, a swirl of black cloud is directly above me.
I feel like I’m walking into a hurricane.
The sun briefly breaks through again and warms my wind-chilled face and yet at the same moment big soft droplets of rain hit my skin.
A silhouette drops from the sky and glides in front of me, stalled motionless before me by the wind.
My heart leaps in wonder at the sight, it’s perfect, such a perfect creature!
Time stands still for an eternity that lasts just a second.
My senses seem dull and yet more clear than ever at the same time!
My ears are deafened by the roaring wind, a clear cry cuts through to reach me, reality returns.
The bird lets the wind take it up, up until its black silhouette crosses the sun and disappears in the glare.

The Swift


Joined June 2008

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