College, my hazy undergrad years, created so many opportunities; opportunities that I probably passed up because my focus wasn't on academics. All things good and bad that I'd never change. I'm not sure when in time the realization of not graduating with my class kicked me in the face, but it happened, hard. My initial reaction was to sink deeper into my hole of fabricated bullshit. I stayed there a while until I opted to put on big girl underwear and do awesome. In true Muffin fashion, I took those lemons and made limoncello. I attended school an extra year to sufficiently pass with enough credits to earn my Bachelor of Arts in English. My final credits, an independent study in the spring semester, was spent with Mr. Hensley. Throughout my college career, he showed patience and understanding in my difficulties. A gentle man, he introduced me to a poet, A. R. Ammons, who wrote about the likeness between humans and nature. Like my studies of Emerson, I took to Ammons' writings. Notes in the margins, underlined phrases and dog eared books became my new life. All my conversations with Hensley and all my readings paved the path to a thesis that would focus on Ammons' use of avian imagery in his works. Longer story short, I got an A and broke out of that cage.
Years passed. I continued to soar through my life with the occasional turbulence. All the support of my friends and family would not allow me to crash during the dips; they helped me keep my head up and my wings out.
Our first daughter's name means like a bird.
In the manner that I picked apart the avian imagery in Ammons' poetry, I do the same with Foo Fighters' songs.
I travel everywhere with the shadow of a phoenix, always by my right side.
I dream of speed while being light on my feet — faster and faster I go.
I returned from my final run to drink a delicious cup of coffee. Ava and I went outside to refill the feeders. Also superstitious, I didn't want to upset my flock by neglecting their nutrition.
There's one goal for tomorrow.
I'll have my flock supporting along the way.
Head up; wings out.
We're gonna fly.