I’m a bit off track this week, apologies for the out of tune and style flash but… next week a better one, promise!


A sparrow flew through space that is known and then it flew through space that is unknown and unexplored.  The ease with which he flapped his wings and glided between gas clouds and strangely shaped nebulas amused the sparrow. He was used to the sky back home, and after years of surviving the blue vastness he had come to the conclusion that there were limits; boundaries even invisible were set and one always knew where he would get if he flies south or north or east or west.

But this here… This was endless. Infinite.

The sparrow thought he could fly forever and still be just at the beginning of it.

He was all alone but that didn’t bother him. It made him feel safe. For the first time in his life he didn’t feel tiny and unimportant, he wasn’t scared that some rock thrown by a small human would snap his neck or a clawed predator would tear his chest open.

Being surrounded by billions and billions of glistening bodies and variety of colors made the sparrow happy, and he cheered with a skuak! which the darkness of  space took and shattered in particles of sound that died in the depths and looped back around moving inside holes and worlds until it was lost.

The sparrow was in peace.

* * *

“Mom! Mom! The birdie isn’t moving. Why isn’t it moving?”

“It’s dead idiot. The car ran over him”

Issy hissed at her little brother and poked the dead sparrow with her stick.

“Stop that Issy. Let’s get back in the house. Don’t cry Jamie, it’s all right. The little birdie is in a better place”

“Heaven?” asked Jamie in between sobs

“Maybe. A Heaven for birds”


16 thoughts on “Freedom

  1. really liked the voice & POV of the sparrow that opening line & the one about the darkness of space shattering the sound it made. It’s interesting, I’m not sure if you need the human voices or not, I think it works well leaving the uncertainty of why the sparrow is experiencing new space

  2. What a wonderfully different story, although there is a sadness at the sparrow’s demise, I can’t help but feel happiness for the sparrow who has now discovered a life without fear or restrictions. 🙂

  3. I like the world the sparrow has found. In particular, finding a place where for the first time it is no longer scared is really a powerful thought. I find the theme intriguing.

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